Prepare The Outside Of Your Home For The Winter

Hi again.  Well it is nearing the end of the year and yes, it is a cold one out there.   Do you have everything outside of your home winterized and all set for the upcoming bad winter weather.  If not, here are a few things you should check out to be on top of things this winter.

Check your trees for dead limbs.  Windy days, heavy snow and ice on dead limbs can easily break them.  If a heavy limb falls onto your house, car, roofs, siding, gutters, porch railings, decks and even pedestrians –  it can cause a great deal of expensive damage. 

Another thing you want to make sure you check is for leaks.  Check your roof for missing shingles and gaps that may be around your chimney, flues and other openings.  Check your siding as well.  Be on the lookout for any leaks around your foundation, windows and doors.  If you find any problem areas, you can caulk cracks and install weather stripping.  Of course, always consult a professional for issues that may lie outside of your comfort area. 

If you live in colder areas where there is the possibility of your pipes freezing up, be sure to weatherproof your plumbing.  Shut off the water to outdoor water supplies such as outdoor spigots, swamp coolers and sprinkler systems and drain them.  Cover the components of your air conditioner or swamp cooler. 

If you have a fireplace that you plan on using this winter, be sure to check the chimney.  Small animals could have made a home in it.  You may want to call a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney and clean out the soot and other debris to prevent a hazard. 

You can request a home energy audit from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.  They will tell you where you are losing energy and provide you with recommendations on where you can make improvements.  This will save you money and keep you warmer in the winter.  It will help to make your home more comfortable and more energy efficient.

Well – if you haven’t done these things already, get started.  Everyone should be warm, cozy and ready for the winter.  


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