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Winter Property Prepping Tips

December 3, 2015

From Loan Officer Lisa Lawson

From Loan Officer Lisa Lawson

The fall is the perfect time to address routine maintenance and get your property prepared for winter. Winter can be tough on your home. These winter property prepping tips will help prevent damage from winter weather and make your home safer for your family.

Winter Property Prepping Tips

Flush Water Pipes

Your building may have several exterior water features such as a sprinkler system and outdoor spigots. These should be emptied to prevent freezing and pipe bursts. For spigots, turn off the source from the interior and empty any water remaining. irrigation systems might require professional services to correctly winterize.

Perform an Exterior Review

The outside of your house can take a beating during winter. Inspect your roof for any missing shingles and fix or replace as necessary. Inspect your siding for any cracks that may allow in moisture. Unclog and fix gutters. You may want to extend downspouts to push water away from your home. These are all critical areas of your home to inspect and address issues.

Protect Against Fire and Air Quality Hazards

Due to the use of heating systems during winter, the possibility of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning is greater. To reduce this danger, have heating elements cleaned and inspected every year. This includes fuel burning heating units, fireplaces, and wood stoves. Be sure to replace batteries and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Additionally, the date on fire extinguishers and purchase new ones if needed. These are all critical safety checks to perform every year.

Eliminate Heat Loss

Over the winter, it is necessary to eliminate heat loss to save on heating expenses. Eliminate gaps along window frames and replace seals around doors where needed. There commonly are also gaps around different wires or pipes connected to your property.

More Things to Get Your Property Prepared For Winter

There are many additional things to get your property prepared for winter. In addition to completing home repairs, it is advisable to move outdoor equipment and furniture to a place shielded from snow and ice. This includes lawn mowers, patio furniture, decorative items, outdoor pots, etc. Any items damaged the previous winter should not be left out again this year. Take care of those items now to eliminate problems this year. Lastly, complete an equipment and supply check. Make sure everything is in sufficient working order. Pull out snow shovels and winter clothing. With these winter property prepping tips, you will hopefully be ready for the this coming winter.

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