• Elizabeth Kenney

Winter Is Here: Is Your House Ready?

It probably comes as no surprise that the cold, wind, ice, and snow can cause significant damage to your home.

If you have not already done so, make sure you take the following precautions to winterize your home:

#1 Insulate the pipes.

If the majority of your home is heated and toasty even on the coldest of winter days, it can be easy to forget those unheated areas in your home, usually tucked in the basement or attic. If these areas contain pipes, wrapping them with insulation for the winter months is a must.

#2 Add more insulation.

Now that you have insulated the pipes, adding a layer of insulation to unheated areas of your home (like the attic for example) can help out your energy bill.

#3 Cover the A/C Compressor.

Use a piece of plywood to cover the top of the A/C unit. This can prevent damage from falling icicles. For safety reasons, do not wrap or cover the other sides of the unit. Simply covering the top with a piece of plywood will do the trick.

#4 Drain hose and disconnect it from the spigot.

By draining the water from the hose, this eliminates risk that freezing water will burst the hose.

Disconnecting the hose from the spigot eliminates even greater water damage risks. Not only can frozen water burst the hose, but frozen water can also burst the spigot and, even, the pipe behind the spigot. If this interior pipe bursts, you can count on water damage inside your home.

#5 Clear gutters.

The gutters need to cleared of all leaves and other debris, so that melted snow can drain properly. Ice buildup can also cause damage to your gutters.

#6 Keep the proper tools at hand.

Think ahead and be prepared for the winter storms coming your way. Make sure your snow blower is properly working. In addition, keep a stock of salt and sand. This will come in handy for icy, slippery walkways and driveways.


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