Prepare your home for winter with these simple tips
Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 09:38
Written by ahroofing
Monday, 15 October 2012 09:38
The first snowfall is fast approaching! Time to make sure your home is winterized. Follow these simple tips from eHow.com and your house will be in tip top shape for the extreme conditions coming soon…
- Add a second layer of insulation to your attic. R-30 insulation is considered the minimum. If your house is relatively new, it probably conforms. If not, consider adding insulation.
- Caulk around window and door glass and trim, and all exterior trim. Install or replace weather stripping on all doors and windows. Check for cracks around pipes and electrical outlets entering or exiting the walls.
- Install storm windows and doors if you have them. Consider purchasing storm windows if you have older windows that are not made from modern insulated glass.
- Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating/air-conditioning professional. Most furnace manufacturers recommend at least annual inspections.
- Check gutters and clean them if necessary. Clogged gutters can result in basement flooding when the snow melts (see ‘eHow to Clean Gutters’).
- Replace any roof shingles that are missing or damaged.
- Have your chimneys inspected by a chimney service and, if necessary, cleaned.
- Check the foundation for areas where water may puddle.
- Trim trees away from the house. Have dead trees and branches removed by professional tree trimmers, or do it yourself.
- Drain and shut off outdoor water faucets.
- Insulate any water pipes that are exposed to freezing cold.
- Replace the batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and check to make sure these are all in working order.
- Check fire extinguishers and charge and replace as necessary.
- Make sure you are stocked with rock salt, sand, snow shovels and any other items you will need during the winter.
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