We may have already had the Winter vortex roll by, but we still haven’t had our big snow storm. It’s not a guarantee we will get it, but it’s always better to be safe then sorry. Especially when it comes to your biggest investment: your home.
Winterize Your Home
- Check your roof for loose, missing, worn or damaged shingles to minimize flying debris and reduce the chance of possible water damage.
- Clean gutters and make sure they are properly aligned and securely attached to your house.
- Grade property so water drains away from the foundation.
- Replace caulk and weather-stripping that has lost contact with surfaces.
- Rake leaves away from drains to avoid street and property flooding.
- Check for loose handrails, banisters and stair coverings. Buckled or cracked walks should be repaired.
- Clear snow and ice from sidewalks in front of your home to avoid dangerous falls (this is the home/property owner’s responsibility).
- Trim shrubbery away from siding to prevent insect and moisture damage. Remove shrubbery that interferes with walkways.
- Insulate exposed water pipes and outdoor faucets to protect them from freezing.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries as needed. Replace units every eight years.
- Check basement and crawl space for dampness and leakage. Standing water could be a sign of improper drainage.
- Check all windows to make sure they open, close and lock properly.
Something else to consider it making an emergency kit. You could be snowed in for a couple of days or be without power/water as well. Emergency kits are an extra peace of mind to have on hand.
Make an Emergency Kit
Build an emergency kit with at least three days of essentials for family and pets. Kits should be portable and ready to go in the case of evacuation. Always double-check expiration dates and update your emergency preparedness kit every 6 months. Use Daylight Saving dates as a reminder to double-check your kit.