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8 Tips to Get Your Home Winter Ready

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Winter is coming!

Is your home ready?

The falling leaves will soon be replaced by falling snow. Don’t wait until winter is here to get your home ready! Do the follow tips now so when it gets cold, you’ll be safe and warm inside.

1) Check insulation
Add extra insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. If too much heat escapes through the attic, it can cause snow or ice to melt on the roof. This can result in a collapsed roof and can contribute to ice damming.

2) Get to know your plumbing
Learn how to shut the water off and know where your pipes are located. If your pipes freeze, time is of the essence. The quicker you can shut off the water or direct your plumber to the problem, the better chance you have to prevent the pipes from bursting.

3) Check windows for drafts
The majority of heat in your home is lost through the windows and doors. Check your windows to ensure the seal, caulking, and frame is in good condition.

4) Clean and repair gutters
Leaves and small branches can easily clog your gutters, resulting in ice damage in the colder months. Make sure they’re clear and properly connected.

5) Turn off exterior valves
You don’t want exterior water pipes to burst when the weather gets below freezing. Run water until the pipes are empty and turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs.

6) Check for and replace rotted wood
Wood that is not in good condition will allow water to penetrate, which can cause mold and mildew inside your walls. It can be a costly and dangerous problem.

7) Drain your hot water heater
If your live in an area with hard water, sediments could be building up in your tank. Now is the time to drain it and check the tank for rust.

8) Check handrails on exterior stairs
When your stairs get icy, you will want a sturdy railing to hold on to. Secure or replace shaky handrails on your porches and decks.

Classic Construction can walk through your home and pinpoint areas that need maintenance before winter. Call or email us today to set up your appointment!

No job is too big or too small

Email Ian directly at ian@classicconstructionservice.com or call (908) 273-5252

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