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Get Your Home Ready for Winter

01 Nov, 2019

With the winter season quickly approaching, it’s important to ensure that your house is ready to withstand the elements. Check out our tips to get your home ready for winter.

 

Seasonal Cleaning

Cleaning the house to prepare for winter is just as essential as spring cleaning. Clean out your gutters to ensure they aren’t clogged, otherwise they can result in household leaks if rain and snow cannot properly drain. It’s also important to extend your downspouts at least 5 feet away from the house so that water doesn’t pool by your foundation. Disconnect and drain all outdoor faucets and sprinklers to protect pipes from bursting due to freezing water. To avoid property damage during winter and spring storms, trim any overgrown trees or bushes that are near your house. Finally, be sure to clean your chimney and fireplace vents to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide build-up. 

Call the Professional

Calling a professional to have several areas of your house maintained or inspected will ensure they are ready to last the winter season and will save you money in the long-run. A routine maintenance check of your furnace every autumn will keep it running efficiently. In order to prevent heat loss during the winter, inspect all windows and doors for drafts. If you noticed any damaged or missing shingles while you were cleaning the eavestroughs, call a professional roofer to help with repairs.

 

Pipes & Thermostats

Identify any pipes that tend to freeze and cover them with heat tape or pipe insulation to keep them warm. Check that everyone in your household knows how to turn water off at the source in order to minimize leaks if a pipe were to burst. For additional winter savings, consider programming your thermostat to stay at a cooler temperature while you are away from the house or asleep.

 

Although organizing and preparing your home for winter may seem like an unnecessary chore, the financial benefits will far outweigh the cost for years to come. To avoid a daunting list, break down your to-do list into manageable tasks that can be done over a few weekends with the help from a few professionals.

 

 

At Valley Service Mechanical, we can provide you with everything you’ll need this winter, from installations to tune ups, and even repairs. Visit our website to learn more about our services and to book your furnace tune up today!