Although it’s been an abnormally mild winter thus far, the cold weather came roaring in this week, which is why it’s important to prepare your home for winter. When it snows, it looks so beautiful in all of our communities, but we want you to make sure you’re well-equipped for the cold temperatures, ice, and snowfall during the next couple months. Here are some important winter maintenance tips to consider:
- Clean Exterior Drains and Gutters: If it snows and your gutters aren’t clear of debris, then water may back up and cause them to get really heavy. The weight may cause your drains or gutters to break, which may lead to a costly repair job.
- Turn Up Your Furnace: Make sure to change your air filter to allow your furnace to work more efficiently and run better during the entire season. It’s also important to get your system checked regularly and if something seems off, call a professional.
- Purchase Snow Equipment: Prepare yourself ahead of time by buying a shovel, salt for your walkway, and a scraper for your car. Keep them close by, so that when the snow hits, you’ll be ready to scoop it away. Shoveling snow from your front doorstep and around your car makes it safer for you to walk outside as well. It’s all about safety!
- Clean Your Chimney: To prevent any type of fire, have your chimney checked at least once a year to make sure it’s ready to go! Fireplaces are a great way to stay warm.
- Protect Your Pipes: Any pipes that are located in crawl spaces, basements, attics and outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extremely cold temperatures. When the forecast calls for very cold weather, let the water drip from your faucet overnight so that it doesn’t freeze.
We want you to enjoy everything that comes along with winter. After all, it’s how you live that matters and winter is a great time to bundle up with friends and neighbors to create new memories at fun home gatherings. Happy Winter!