Fall is in the air and we all know what’s coming. Winter doesn’t have to be hard on your home.
Winterizing properly can make all the difference for a warm and cozy winter and reduce winter weather damage.
- Look for cracks, chipping paint and worn weatherstripping.
- You may also want to test for draft around windows, doors and outlets.
- Replace weather stripping and re-caulk gaps as needed.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint or sealant if you see wear or weathering on the frame or siding.
- Consider replacing old windows or installing storm windows to save on heating costs.
- Check for cracks or uneven terrain. Tree roots can push up pavement creating uneven surfaces and creating a tripping hazard. Repair these issues to prevent icy falls.
- Make sure all exterior lighting is working properly and replace bulbs if needed.
- Consider using LED bulbs to save on energy costs.
- Cover outdoor faucets with Styrofoam faucet covers.
- Insulate exposed pipes outdoors, in the crawlspace and in your home to prevent freezing.
- Utilize: weather stripping, plastic sheeting, caulk, foam board, and insulating covers to improve insulation throughout your home.
- Replace old or worn weatherstripping, seal cracks and fill drafty gaps.
- Seal up your crawl space vents with styrofoam blocks.
- Replace air filters and clean ducts.
- Remove window air conditioners and cover outdoor air conditioning units.
- Examine attic and basement vents and fix any leaks.
- Make sure all exterior vents are covered to prevent critters from entering.
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
- Replace old fire extinguishers.
- Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned.
- Remove dried yard debris away from your house and into a compost pile to yard waste bags.
- Seal gaps and replace damaged siding panels.
- Make sure caulk and seals around trim, seams and flashing are in good condition.
- Prune away any trees, bushes and plants that may rub against the siding when the wind blows.
- Make sure downspouts are clear.
- Look for loose screws and sagging to ensure gutters are secure to hold the weight of ice and snow.
- Consider installing gutter guards if you have heavy leaf fall on your home.
– Casey Shipley, Licensed Insurance Agent