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New: Tips on How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Posted on Dec 14, 2020

Here are a few tips on how to prepare your home for the winter! 


Seal & Ventilate:

  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you’re not using it.
  • Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Happy Roof, Dry House:

  • Clean out the gutters. It is also a good idea to add extensions to the downspout outlet to keep water away from the foundation of your home and make sure your yard drainage is working. 
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbors (avoid liability for the latter).

Protect Your Pipes:

  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • Drain your irrigation system if you have one, and shut off outdoor water valves if possible. Don’t forget to disconnect and roll up your hoses.

Avoid Ice Dams:

Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. 

Here’s How:

  • Ventilate your attic.
  • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
  • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.


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