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Tips to Prepare your Home for the Wintertime

January 13, 2016

-Make sure to switch out your screen doors and window screens for storm doors and windows

-Seal off air vents and crawl spaces to avoid cold air leaking through and freezing your pipes

-Make sure to keep the thermostat set to at least 55º

-Check the weatherstripping around windows and doors to prevent heat loss. If necessary, replace the weatherstripping to avoid heat loss.

-Take a look at your roof, is it time for a new one? Does it need some maintenance? It’s best to take care of the problems before the snow and ice damage your home and your roof even more. Be sure to check the:

-Shingles: are they broken? Missing? Needing Repair?

-Caulk: is it cracking or missing in spots?

 -Flashing: Is it rusting?

 -Boots around vent pipes: Are they worn down?

 -Is there a lot of roof grit in your gutters? This could be a sign that your roof needs to be replaced.

-Consider calling a professional to maintenance your furnace and to replace the filter

-Stock up on the necessary equipment for winter storms: Shovels, Ice Melt, Sand, Winter Clothes, Heat Tape, Candles, Flashlights, Canned food, Water bottles, Blankets, Matches

-If you have a snow blower or generator, make sure to check that it is working well before the storm

-Remember that portable generators contain Carbon Monoxide, which is deadly. These generators should be run outdoors and as far from your home as possible.

-Always check to see if you have plenty of the heat source you use, whether wood, oil, pellets, make sure to stock up for winter in case of a bad winter storm.

-Check out our link on how to handle Ice Dams and broken pipes https://drscleanup.com/ice-damming-pipes-breaking-in-this-freezing-cold/

-If any damage does occur, DRS is here and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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