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Preparing Your Home for Winter

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winter-273403_640It may feel like fall has just begun, but as temperatures start to drop, it’s time to start thinking about winter and what winter means for your home. The harsh weather of winter in most parts of the country can be hard on your home. Is your house ready for the snow, ice, and sleet coming its way? Here are a few tips to make sure that your home is ready for the cold season:

  1. Have your heating system inspected. Before you actually need to use that heating system, have a professional come out and inspect that system. This will usually cost you less than a hundred dollars and is a good way to prevent carbon monoxide leakage and other dangers that come along with a heating system that hasn’t been tuned recently. A checkup now could mean preventing more serious and costly repairs later in the season. 
  1. Check your roof. While this check is best done actually on your roof, if you’re wary of actually climbing onto your roof, you can just use a pair of binoculars to carefully scan your roof. You will want to check for loose or missing singles and other damage that might lead to leaks or even cave ins during the winter. You especially want to look for weak spots that might not stand up to heavy snows when they start to come down. 
  1. Clean out your gutters. During the fall, gutters accumulate a lot of debris, often in the form of leaves that have fallen from nearby trees. Before winter arrives, clean out those gutters, so that any melting water can flow freely. If it get trapped by a dam of leaves, it can freeze and expand to the point that it actually ruptures your gutters, which will end up being a very expensive repair later in the season. Also, use this time to look for any damage your gutters might have sustained over the past year. 
  1. Turn of your exterior water. This is one of the most necessary steps and something that few people remember to do. This can save you from a very serious water line burst during the colder months. At the same time, make sure to drain your sprinklers, hoses, and anything else outside that might be containing water.
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