Five steps to prep your home for winter weather

stateptThis winter, stay ahead of frost and freezing temperatures by taking steps to get your home ready for the cold months ahead. If you’re not sure where to start, there are some quick step-by-step directions to get you in the DIY spirit.

How to seal off drafts

Windows and doors are the biggest sources of drafts in your home, but there are products that make sealing them simple. While product packaging often provides instruction, online videos may be a better resource. Several brands provide step-by-step tutorials on how to seal window drafts with the variety of products in the market today.

How to prevent freezing pipes

Every winter there are billions of dollars in insured losses due to burst pipes and other winter-related damage, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

To prevent frozen pipes, it’s imperative to drain water from outdoor faucets and garden hoses. Have in-ground sprinkler systems winterized, as well.

How to clean your gutters

Frozen gutters are another prime cause of snow and ice damage. Ice can accumulate on the edge of the roof and prevent melting snow from draining – that’s why it’s important to clean debris from gutters several times a year.

Keep the ladder on a level surface with another person as a spotter. Wear gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself, and drop debris onto a tarp or bucket below. Flush the gutter with a hose to check for proper flow, and finally check down spouts for anything that might be lodged.

How to insulate your water heater 

Wrapping your water heater with an insulated blanket reduces heat loss and saves energy.

It’s simple: just measure the circumference of your water heater and cut the blanket to size.

How to protect outdoor items

High-wind gusts and cold temperatures can wreak havoc. Be sure to store or protect outdoor furniture and accessories. Smaller items, such as cushions, umbrellas and drained hoses, should be stored in sheds or basements.

Protect larger patio furniture and grills with tarps or custom-fit covers. A roll of strong, all-weather tape can fix any rips or holes you may find along the way.

Thanks to a plethora of online resources, weatherizing doesn’t have to be daunting.

By watching a few short videos and following some easy instructions, you can have your home ready for whatever weather winter brings.

Courtesy of StatePoint

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