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winter home protection tipsNew home owners tend to think of their homes as four walls and a roof, but without the necessary care and attention, your home can deteriorate quickly. By taking care of the small issues right away, you can prevent them from becoming major (and costly) issues down the line. A good time to think about protecting your home for the winter, is during fall. 

 

Use these tips to winterize your home ahead of the frigid weather.

 

Check your HVAC system

 

The average heating and cooling system lasts up to 15 years with regular maintenance. During fall, look at the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Most HVAC manufacturers recommend changing the filters at least once a year. However, an annual maintenance agreement might be the way to go.

 

Check your drainage and gutters

 

Sometimes, the sound around the home’s foundation settles and creates areas where water pools. Check for any low spots and fill it with soil. Another issue with drainage is gutters. Check all the downspouts to make sure they are clear of leaves and that the downspouts are diverted away from the home. You may need to use downspout extenders. When saturated soil near the foundation freezes and thaws throughout the winter months, it can cause all kinds of issues. 

 

Prevent frozen pipes

 

Frozen pipes during the winter months is one of the leading causes of house fires, as people tend to use risky methods to thaw the pipes. That’s never a good idea. It’s better to winterize your home ahead of the cold months to prevent frozen pipes with proper insulation, using non-toxic antifreeze, and opening cabinet doors. If you will be traveling during winter, be sure to ask someone to check in daily. Avoid setting the thermostat lower than 17 degrees Celsius, and remember to drain outside water lines. Use the main water shut off and drain all the water lines inside the home as well.

 

Prevent water damage

 

Extreme weather can wreak havoc on aging plumbing. Be sure to hire a plumber to install a backwater valve to prevent sewer backups. A sump pump can make a big difference, provided it is regularly maintained. And you may be eligible for a sump pump rebate too! While an electric pump is convenient, it will not help in the event of a power outage. Braided wire mesh hoses can help prevent leakages from water using appliances.

 

We’d like to urge you to please be cautious when dealing with home water damage or electrical issues. It should ideally be left to a professional tradesperson.

 

Hoerner wishes you a safe and happy winter. Stay warm!

 

 

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