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FALL AND WINTER TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS

by afriedenbach

Category: Education

Did you know left unchecked, small maintenance items can lead to safety issues and more expensive repairs?

Tips to potentially avoid more costly repairs:

-Keep gutters clear and free from debris to maintain proper drainage. Remove any debris, such as dead leaves, tree branches, or other vegetation from your roof.

-Inspect roof regularly. If you note damage, have a licensed professional inspect and make necessary repairs.

Plan For Power Outages

Did you know heavy snow and high winds are a recipe for widespread power outages?

Tips to plan for a power outage:

-Prepare a plan for when the power goes out by using alternate heating sources and /or generators. Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and candles.

-Be sure to use safety precautions when using alternate heating sources, such as: Maintain at least a 36-inch clearance between the stove and combustible materials, such as furniture and clothing.

Slip and Fall

Did you know slip and trip accidents increase during the Autumn and Winter season?

Tips to prevent slip and fall:

-Be sure to remove fallen leaves. Fallen leaves that become wet or have started to decay can create slip risks in two ways, they hide any hazard that may be on the path or they themselves create a slip risk.

-To reduce the risk of slips on ice, frost or snow, you need to make sure all walkways and steps are cleared. Also, make sure steps and walkways are in good condition and that any handrails are sturdy and securely fastened.

Plan for Freezing Temperatures

Did you know that by installing weather stripping and seals will keep severe winter weather out of your home and greatly increase energy efficiently by limiting drafts?

Tips to install weather stripping and caulking:

-Inspect the following areas of your home: windows and doors, vents and fans, plumbing, air conditioners, electrical and gas lines, and mail chutes.

-Before installing weather stripping, read the directions as installation differs for the various types of weather stripping. In regards to caulking, buy a high-quality silicone caulking that will be able to withstand the climate you live in.

Water Damage From Frozen Pipes

Did you know water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters affecting U.S. residences, accounting for billions of dollars in losses to homeowners and renters annually?

Tips to prevent frozen pipes:

-Maintain heat in the home, or if this is not possible, shut off the water and drain the pipes.

-Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all subject to freezing and bursting. Be sure these pipes are insulated to reduce risk of frozen pipes.

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