Top Tips for Winterizing Your Home!

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Check the Exterior, Door & Windows

- Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes, then seal them as needed.

- Use weather stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows.

- Replace cracked glass in windows, and if you end up replacing the entire window then prime and paint the exposed wood.


Check the Foundation

- Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation.

- Seal up entry points to keep the pesky critters out.

- Tuck-point or seal foundation cracks.  Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime.

- Inspect sill plates for dry rot or pest infestation.

- Secure crawlspace entrances.


Install Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

- Some cities require a smoke detector in every room.

- Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and water heater.

- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work.

- Buy a fire extinguisher or replace your existing one of it is more than 10 years old.


Prevent Plumbing Freezes

- Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.

- Drain all garden hoses.

- Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.

- Drain air conditioner pipes, and if it has a water shut-off valve then turn it off.

- If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set it to at least 55 degrees.


Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

- Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires.

- Ask a gardener when your trees should be pruned to prevent injury during the winter.

- Plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs that cannot winter over such as dahlias in areas where the ground freezes.

- Seal driveways, brick patios and wood decks.

- Move sensitive potted plants indoors or to a sheltered area.


Get the Fireplace Ready

- Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.

- If the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.

- Buy firewood or chop wood.  Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.

- Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.

- Check the mortar between bricks and tuck-point, if necessary.

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