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How To Prepare Your House For Winter

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

man using a snow rake on garage roof in winter Cold weather strikes in Chester Springs, PA

Before cold weather strikes in Chester Springs, PA, you need to make sure your house is up to the challenge. You will probably remember to dust off the snow shovel and haul the snowblower out of storage, but your house also needs some attention so that a winter storm doesn’t take you by surprise.

How To Winterize The Outside of Your Home

Insulate any exposed pipes to prevent them from bursting.
Blow the water out of your underground sprinkling to eliminate the need for water damage repairs.
Detach all outside hoses and make sure the faucets are turned off securely.
Trim all trees near the house to reduce the risk of damage during a winter storm.
Inspect the gutters and remove all debris. Diminish the chance of roof damage by making sure the shingles are securely fastened. Strong winds during a blizzard can loosen the shingles and expose your roof to damage.

What You Should Do To Protect the Inside of Your House

Insulate windows with caulk to lower the likelihood of cold air drafts.
Make sure the fireplace flue can close securely and check for any combustible objects, such as birds’ nests, inside the flue. If you have a gas fireplace, make sure the gas logs are positioned properly.
Keep the temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even if you are leaving for an extended period of time.
Leave the cupboard doors under the sink open if you are leaving overnight to ensure the pipes don’t freeze.

What Emergency Supplies You Need on Hand
Keep extra batteries for your flashlights and transistor radio, in case the power goes out. Also, have candles and matches on hand. If you have a generator, make sure you have extra fuel. It’s always a good idea to keep food staples well-stocked in your pantry during the winter months as well.
You will get through the ordeal of a winter storm much easier if you are prepared in advance.

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