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Battening Down the Hatches: Winter Home Prep


written by Tommy Weaver

As the weather turns colder, it's important to take some extra steps to maintain your home during the winter months. You'll be glad you did when blizzards hit and you still have running water. Here are some key areas to prepare your home before Old Man Winter comes knocking.

Insulate well and seal drafts... Wrapping exposed pipes and adding weather stripping prevents losing heat and money as frigid air leaks in. You'll be happy for snug pipes and draft-free rooms when temperatures plunge below zero.

Protect pipes from freezing... Insulate attics, crawl spaces, and basements to keep pipes from freezing. Shut off and drain exposed outdoor faucets and irrigation systems so they don't crack under freezing pressure. No one wants to mop up burst pipe puddles in winter.

Clean gutters and downspouts... Clogged rain gutters can cause icy overflows and water damage. Clear out leaves in advance and make sure downspouts direct water well away from your foundation. Skip dealing with flooded basements or icy falls near your front door.

Get your HVAC system serviced... Schedule a pre-winter furnace inspection to ensure efficient heating all season long. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a cold house while waiting days for service calls when heating repair companies are booked solid.

Take these preventative winter home maintenance steps now and you'll stay comfortably unaffected by whatever winter weather comes your way. Don't leave things to chance in subzero temperatures.  An ounce of prevention truly pays off.



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