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How To Protect Your Home From A Harsh Winter
Before you know it, snow and bitter cold will have a hold over Waterloo and Cedar Falls (even though right now that seems hard to believe)! Before it gets too cold to do anything, I’d suggest you take just a little time to make sure your home is protected from the winter weather that can really take its toll! Brickkicker Home Inspection provided me with a very helpful list of items homeowners should tend to before winter sets in!
One important thing to do is check gutters for damage, looseness, leakage and misalignment. If you don’t get those cleared out, when the snow starts to melt in the spring and we get rain, you increase your chances of getting leaks in your basement. Other things to do on the exterior include, checking your roof for loose or missing shingles, again to make sure that they are properly sealed so water and ice can’t build up, inspect the flashing around your chimney, skylights and plumbing stacks and check any vents or chimneys for bird or insect nests. Also make sure to remove outdoor garden hoses (that can freeze up and burst leading to water in your basement, drain sprinkler systems and pool systems as well!
And we can’t forget the windows! You’ll want to check windows for broken, cracked, loose or missing glass, peeling paint, drafts and smooth operation. And check double paned units for signs of seal failure (fogging between the glass)
When it is time to turn on the furnace, make sure to follow manufacturer recommendations when switching from heating to cooling modes and also remove and window air conditioning units.
All of these items are pretty quick and easy to do, and it will go a long way in protecting your home during the harsh winter months!
In 2007, I left the corporate world to pursue my passion of real estate and new home construction, taking with me the marketing and communications skills that I had gained. My interest in real estate ....