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How To Winterize Your Home

The cold weather is upon us, so keep in mind there are several things you can do to prepare your home for the winter months. According to the Grange Insurance Tips, these are the 10 things to do to prepare for the cold weather.

  1. Check the Gutters: Ensuring your gutters are clear can help prevent build-up and ice dams
  2. Protect the Pipes from Freezing: Insulating the pipes that could be susceptible to freezing is a great preventative measure. If there are severe temperature drops, keep a stream of water running in a few faucets to guard against freezing and bursting.
  3. Seal the Cracks: Caulk around holes and openings to help prevent cold air from seeping in.
  4. Stop the Slips: Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow and repair any issues with steps and handrails.
  5. Install an Emergency Release: Installing an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system can protect against increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can prevent them from bursting.
  6. Keep it Cozy: Set your thermostat for at least 65 degrees and make sure your home is well-insulated.
  7. Have Heating Checked: Furnaces, boilers and chimneys should be serviced at least once a year to clear any buildup and to keep them running efficiently.
  8. Test your Detectors: Residential fires are more common in winter, so it is important that all of your smoke detectors work. We recommend checking them monthly and replace batteries as needed.
  9. Clear the Yard: Keep the trees trimmed and remove any debris in your yard.
  10. House the Hose: Remove all attached garden hoses, drain them and store them away. Shut off the valves and insulate the faucet.
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