Winter is a picturesque time marked by snowfall and chilly temperatures. However, it can turn harsh, posing threats like frigid conditions and storms that may harm your home.
Be it ice, snow, or freezing temperatures, the expenses linked to winter-related home damage can be staggering.
It's crucial to ready your home for winter to shield it—and your family—from potential harm and costly repairs.
- Winterize Hose Bibs
Locate your hose bibs and shut-off valves. Close the interior shut-off valves and disconnect your external hoses from the spigots.
- Clean Your Gutters
Regularly clean your gutters to percent damage from the heavy snow, and ensure proper water drainage.
- Inspect Your Roof
Examine your roof for loose or damaged shingles and make necessary repairs before winter storms hit.
- Reverse Ceiling Fans
Change your ceiling fans' direction to circulate warm air and improve heating efficiency.
- Chimney Inspection
Have your chimney inspected and cleaned to prevent creosote buildup, which can cause chimney fires.
- Tune-Up Home Systems
Schedule a furnace tune-up and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure safety.
- Trim Tree Branches
Cut back overhanging tree branches to prevent roof damage from heavy snow and ice.
- Re-caulk Windows and Doors
Apply exterior silicone caulk to seal gaps around windows and doors, preventing water damage and heat loss.
- Review Insurance Coverage
Consult your home insurance company to ensure your policy covers recent renovations and potential winter-related damages, like ice dams or fallen branches.