Batten down the hatches!

BlueCloudandRain_PixabayEl Nino is here!  While we don’t know how strong it will be, predictions are that it could be the strongest El Nino on record.  It’s time to get ready!

Rain, wind and cold can take a toll on our homes and yards, as well as our health, and now is the time to prepare.

Keep it cozy and dry inside with these simple fixes.

  • Weather strip doors and windows
  • Caulk around pipes and fill gaps where water and cold air can get in – and warm air can get out
  • Change the filter on your heater
  • Place a “snake” at the bottom of drafty doors: use a rolled up a towel, buy a pre-made snake (at home and hardware stores), or make one yourself.  Get directions here: Garden Therapy – draft stoppers

You and your family will be more comfortable and you’ll save money on your heating bills.

Outside preparation is equally important to prevent damage to your home.

  • Prune dead branches from trees near the house, driveway and sidewalk.  Roofs, gutters, decks and cars can all be damaged by falling limbs, as can people.
  • Replace missing or damaged roof shingles
  • Flashing around chimneys and other roof projections are often the source of leaks; check and repair as needed
  • Clean gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris.  Clogged and saturated gutters become very heavy and can break away from the house.

These are just a few suggestions for winterizing your home.  For more tips, check out Houselogic.

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