Preparing Your Home for the Winter

Winter is a few months away and that means freezing temps, wind, snow, ice and heavy jackets. It's always good to prepare way ahead of time when it comes to winterizing your home.

To ready your home and your household for the colder months ahead, here's a handy checklist designed to help you be more prepared for whatever old man winter has in store. 

1. Weather Stripping

Of course it's necessary to seal warm air in and cold air out of your home. Weather stripping is available in almost any hardware store. It installs quickly around windows and doors and also prevents air leaks.

2. Gutters

Clogged gutters in colder months are more apt to freeze, causing additional blockages. Clear gutters help drain water away from your roof and your house. Blocked gutters can allow melting ice and snow to seep into your roof, or flood your home's foundation, causing damage.

Take some time before winter hits and clear out your gutters. You may also opt to hire a trusted roofing professional or contractor to do this for you.

3. Roof Rake

An average roof can handle up to four feet of fresh snow before it’s stressed. As snow packs down from multiple storms, a roof collapse might happen.

Invest in a roof rake. It can help you easily clear snow off your roof and protect your home during those blizzard months.

4. Stock up on basics

Avoid running out of medicine or groceries. Stock up on basic supplies before winter, and stay cozy in your home. Strong winds, blizzards, ice, and snow can cause blackouts and power outages, which can wreak havoc on your home in the winter. 

5. Protect pipes from freezing

Did you know a burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 in water damage? Don't turn the heat down too much even when you’re out of the house. You may not be there to enjoy it, but your pipes need the heat to prevent freezing. Let faucets drip during serious cold snaps to provide relief for your pipes.

If your pipes do freeze, and water stops flowing from faucets, call a plumber immediately!

Source: https://www.farmers.com/inner-circle/home-tool-kit/winter-weather-home-checklist/

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