Winter is upon us, snow, wind, rain, cold. A member of the Insurance Information Institute says that more than 10% of all major losses are due to Winter storms. Oh no! Don’t worry, we can help! Below are a few easy inexpensive ideas to keep your home from becoming a statistic.
Where do I begin?
First, clean out those rain gutters! All year long they collect debris and we don’t think about it. Then, here comes Winter with rain and snow.f If the gutters are full, when the snow in the gutter melts, it has nowhere to go. Instead of draining down the downspout, it pools and seeps into your house. And, you can install “gutter guards” that can be purchased at your local hardware store. These are easy to install and keep leaves and debris from clogging your gutters. In addition, make sure that your downspouts drain water far enough away from the house, at least four feet. If they do not, add gutter material or splash blocks to your downspouts. This will keep water from leaching into the basement. See, easy!
Ok, What’s next?
Remember those hoses you used all Spring and Summer to water your beautiful garden? Do you know where they are now? Probably just where you left them, somewhere out in the yard. Go find them, and if they haven’t frozen yet, hang them so that they drain leftover water out, then roll them up and store them inside the shop or garage for the Winter. Also, if you do not have frost-free outdoor faucets, find the water shut-off valve and turn the water off so that any excess water in the pipes won’t freeze, expand, and break the pipes.
Aren’t I done yet? Winter is upon us
Almost. Make sure that your windows and the bottoms of your outside doors are all sealed somehow. Either use putty or caulking material. For the door bottoms, try a good, old-fashioned draft stopper. You can find them for sale, you can make one if you are feeling creative, or you can even use a swimming fun noodle. Therefore, you can use your imagination, be creative, but stop those drafts!
If you decide that you’ve had enough snow and Winter, and decide to sell your house, give me a call!