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.