Winter is Coming: How to Make Your Home Winter Ready
While you may still be enjoying what is left of the summer sun, school is back in session and the temperatures are slowly dropping. With Fall and Winter just around the corner, the coming months are the ideal time to start preparing your property for the coming winter temperatures. Taking proactive steps now can help prevent or at least mitigate the severity of the damage winter conditions may cause to your home.
We have compiled a short list of steps you can take both inside and outside your home to help prepare your home for the Winter.
Inside Your Home:
- Make sure your pipes and plumbing work are properly insulated to help prevent freezing.
- Add or repair weather stripping around doors and windows.
- Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected.
- Program your thermostat to keep your home at a consistent temperature.
- Replace your HVAC filter and get the system cleaned.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Outside Your Home:
- Clean gutters and downpipes of debris.
- Clear yard of brush and trim trees, to prevent ice build up and falling debris.
- Bring outdoor furniture inside if possible, if not, cover items to protect them from winter conditions.
- Move potted plants indoors before temperatures drop below 45°F.
- Place snow removal tools in an accessible area.
- Check your roof and outside structures for damage and have any damage repaired.
While this list is not comprehensive and some scenarios are unpreventable, these steps can make the crucial difference in protecting your property from extreme conditions.
If a disaster does affect your home, call SERVPRO® of Little Rock for 24/7 emergency service, at (501) 803-9700.