Blogger: Lana Simon, Communications Specialist, Regional Support Center
Prepare Your Home Now Before Old Man Winter Arrives
As the temperature begins to drop and the leaves begin to fall, now is the time to prepare your home for winter. Changing seasons can mean wear and tear on your home, unless you plan ahead. Here are some tips to winterize your home the right way:
- Clean gutters after leaves fall. Leaves and other debris that clog your rain gutters can cause leaks, so it is best to get to this chore as soon as possible after most of the autumn leaves have fallen. If your home is more than one story, hire a pro.
- Repair roof and siding. If you see any damaged areas to your roof, siding or shingles, it is important to take care of the problem before winter storms come through.
- Shut off outdoor faucets and roll hoses. Freezing temperatures can damage hoses and water pipes, so be sure to shut off faucets and empty hoses of water before the first big freeze.
- Warm it up. Check working fireplaces for loose mortar and debris prior to getting cozy in front of the firelight. Get heating systems inspected and stock up on filters for timely changes throughout the season.
- Put up storm windows and doors. Now is the time to install your storm windows or doors. These features can help conserve energy during cold months and protect your home from drafts. Plus, switching out the screens will help protect the mesh.
- Don’t forget the driveway. Snow, ice and salt that come with the winter season can wreak havoc on driveways. Protect yours by caring for any cracks and holes before the freeze sets in.