The winter season is rapidly approaching and what a wonderful time it always is in our local area. From the beautiful changing leaves in the fall comes the gorgeous white snow and cheerful presence of the winter and holiday season, there is certainly much to look forward to. However, this picturesque time of the year is not all that pleasant if we do not take the necessary precautions, especially with our homes.

Protecting your home and yourself is critical as the temperature continues to drop. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your home or basement. Dams may form within your futter and this water can even saturate an interior wall of your home. Also, think about your car and make sure that it too is properly protected with some sort of shelter if you do not have a safe garage.

While the list of proper preparations is truly endless, and of course completely depends on one’s landscape and property type, here are a handful of other recommended tips to take note of for the upcoming winter.

  1. Look to remove all branches, twigs, and leaves from your roof and repair all leaks. These only add more weight for when your roof is hit with snowfall and can thus cause severe damages. Have a contractor check your roof before winter really sets in to assess its safety and if it would sustain the weight of heavy snow.

  2. Keep cabinet doors open when there are cold spells. This will allow warm air to circulate around pipes in needed places such as the bathrooms and kitchen.

  3. Ensure that you will be at an incredibly low risk for ice dams by ventilating your attic as the colder it is means the less melting and freezing occurring on your roof. Also insulate the floor in your attic to minimize the amount of heat rising to your roof. Finally, have a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

  4. Shut off your outside water valves, clean out your gutters, and disconnect and drain all of your outside hoses and water fixtures.

  5. Weather strip and caulk all of your doors and windows.

  6. It is recommended that you wrap water pipes in the basement, or even crawl spaces with insulation sleeves as these both will help slow heat transfer.

  7. Turn all indoor water taps on ever so slightly to ensure that the pipes are running correctly and will not freeze.

  8. Buy an insulated blanket to cover your hot water heater.

  9. Close the flue of your fireplace when you are not using it to keep all of your warmer interior air inside, and all of the exterior colder air, leaves, trees, snow, and even rodents outside where it all belongs.

  10. Move and rearrange all of your furniture if it is in front of a heating vent or fireplace. This is not only vital for safety and the prevention of fire, but to also allow for that needed heat the ability to flow better through your home.

?Cape Ann Real Estate Blog

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