Winter Home MaintenanceWith the arrival of winter weather, it’s time to consider how to protect your home from the elements. The winter months can wreak havoc on homes, so here is a list of suggestions designed to safeguard your home. For recommended contractors to assist you in your winter home protection endeavors, get in touch with me today! 

Check your furnace. Call an HVAC professional to visit and evaluate the functioning of your furnace, change the filter and make any repairs now, if needed.

Remove all debris and leaves from your gutters and downspouts. Avoiding the formation of ice dams is crucial in allowing melting snow and ice to have an escape route from the roof.

If you have a fireplace, inspect and clean it before use. Ensure the damper permits proper air flow, and remove leftover residue and soot to avoid fire potential.

To prevent pipes from freezing, consider insulating all exposed piping, and wrap pipes located near exterior walls with heating tape or pipe insulation. When the temperatures really drop, leave a small stream of water running from an interior faucet. Lastly, keep your house temperature at a minimum of 68 degrees even when you are away from your home. For more tips, please click here.

Turn off all exterior water spigots. Drain, remove and store hoses for the winter.

In case of an emergency be prepared to address the problem and turn off systems. So review the location of all disconnects and shutoff valves to your home including water, gas and electricity.

Check your foundation for cracks. Repair and seal any cracks to prevent air drafts, moisture penetration, or the worsening of a problem.

Make sure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and have back-up batteries should these devices not be hard-wired.

Prepare and store an emergency winter kit which includes candles, matches, batteries, non-perishable foods, water bottles, emergency phone numbers, and a small first-aid kit.

Keep your driveway and walkways free of snow and ice. Pre-salt, and/or shovel as needed.

Reverse your interior ceiling fans to counterclockwise. This will prevent cold air being pulled up, and will help circulate the warm air.

Assess the insulation in your attic, garage and crawl space. Ensure there is an appropriate amount, and that it is properly intact.

When you are ready to act, feel free to contact me for the names and contact information of trusted and reputable professionals to assist you in these tasks as you take precautions to protect yourself and your home’s value.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs

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