While winter is technically over a month away, temperatures are dropping and it’s not too early to start winterizing your home. Severe winter weather can cause all kinds of problems, including leaving communities without power and/or other public services for extended periods. The smart thing to do is to be prepared! Getting your home ready for cold weather and winter weather emergencies will help prevent minor home issues, potential structural damage, and personal injuries that could occur when there is extreme winter weather.
Here are some tips for winterizing your home:
- Clean the gutters and clear the roof.
- Insulate the attic.
- Have your heating system serviced.
- Prepare your plumbing.
- Have a professional chimney sweep clean your fireplace and chimney. Chimney Sweeps
- Check for drafts. Keep out cold using insulation, caulking, and weather stripping.
- Prevent Pipes from Freezing
To prepare for emergencies:
- Make sure to have important phone numbers, including health care providers, pharmacy and veterinarian.
- Have a communication plan for your family.
- Know in advance where you can get reliable information if there is a storm.
- Have enough supplies on hand to allow you to stay home for several days with no power. Food & Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency
- Make sure you have fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Hopefully there won’t be any winter weather emergencies, but if there are, it’s best to be prepared!
If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!