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Get Your Home Winter Ready

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
As temperatures drop outdoors, now is a great time to turn your attention indoors and begin preparing your home for winter.  Take a look at this list of simple seasonal maintenance items that will help keep your house in good shape!

Winterize Pipes: Check your home for any exposed pipes that may pass through unheated spaces like garages, unfinished basements, or crawl spaces.  Pipes in these conditions are prone to freezing and bursting in cold weather.  To prevent this from happening at your home, wrap pipes with fiberglass insulation or pre-molded foam sleeves, paying special attention to vulnerable pipe elbows.

Empty Exterior Faucets: Your home’s exterior faucets need to be readied for winter as well.  First, turn off the faucet’s water supply from inside the house.  Next, drain the water from the faucet by opening the exterior valve.  Remember to disconnect any outdoor hoses and drain them for winter storage also.

Deal With Drafts: 10 – 25% of a home’s heat escapes from the home’s windows and doors.  Before winter weather hits hard, check the weather stripping on your windows and doors and replace if necessary.

Check Your Furnace: Fall is a great time to check your furnace and make sure it is up to par before the heavy-use winter season arrives.  Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.  Don’t forget to stock up on furnace filters and put a reminder on your calendar to change them monthly!

Need additional support getting ready for the winter? Contact us at Sass Construction, Inc. to provide a FREE Home Assessment.