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Five Steps to Winterize your Home

Photo of Frozen outdoor Spigot

Winter is inevitable and with that, cold temperatures will be upon us before we know it. There are several steps that you can take to prepare your home for the elements. Ultimately, taking steps to winterize your home will protect your property from the snow and frigid temperatures.  

Here are some simple steps that you can do to winterize your home:

  1. Clean Your Gutters
    • Debris builds up in your gutters throughout the spring summer and fall. For example, as your trees shed their leaves, many of them can end up in your gutters. Be sure to clean your gutters prior to the first snow. This can help minimize the potential for ice dams.
  2. Service Your Heating System:
    • Schedule a professional checkup for your heating system to ensure it’s working efficiently. Replace your furnace filters regularly to maintain optimal airflow. This will ensure your furnace is heating your home efficiency.
    • Keep your home heated at all times. In the event that your furnace is not functioning or you shut it off, you increase the potential of experiencing a pipe burst.
  3. Protect Your Pipes:
    • Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as basements and garages, with foam pipe insulation. Let faucets drip slightly in extremely cold weather to prevent pipes from freezing. Consider shutting off exterior spigots. Protecting your pipes in the winter will minimize the potential of them bursting. 
  4. Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses: 
    • Leaving your hose outside for the winter will increase the chances that it will burst due to the colder temperatures. Drain your hose and store it in an area that will protect it from the elements.
  5. Evaluate your Chimney and Fireplace:
    • Have the chimney professionally cleaned and inspected to prevent chimney fires and ensure proper ventilation. Install a chimney cap to keep out pests and debris while preventing heat loss. During the evaluation, have the professionals evaluate the condition of the mortar. Mortar can chip and crack overtime and thus, increase the potential for fire.

Taking steps to winterize your home will minimize the potential for experiencing a property damage loss this winter. 

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