Cold weather is rolling in, which means it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your home safe and warm for the winter. Luckily, I teamed up this winter season with my amazing partners at HANDy Paint Products to make preparing our family home for winter super easy! Ready to get started and prepare your home for winter too? Here are the five things my family and I make sure to do every fall to prep for cold weather.
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1. Clean The Gutters
Although we may sometimes find our minds in the gutter, we definitely don’t want to find leaves in there! One of the easiest things you can do to prep your home for the winter is clean out the gutters. The last thing anyone wants is for frozen, muddy leaves to clog the gutters and potentially cause leaking or clogs.
To make your life easier, make sure to use a pail or container that can connect to your ladder (like the HANDy Ladder Pail). This will help keep your hands (and mind) free to clean while you’re miles off the ground!
2. Check The Roof
While you’re up on the ladder, make sure to check the roof for any loose shingles. Small gaps can easily be repaired with a sealant, but if you see anything concerning, it may be time to call in the professionals! Loose shingles can mean leaks and pools of water that can freeze, expand, and cause more damage to your roof in the future.
3. Seal Windows & Doors
Want to talk about an easy fix? You can use a $4 waterproof & outdoor sealer around your windows and doors to help insulate your home. We do a yearly check and fill any cracks or gaps with a few tubes of caulking.
Pro Tip: When filling windows that are high off the ground, make sure to bring a ladder-friendly bucket like the HANDy Ladder Pail to hold your containers. This will save you multiple trips up and down the ladder!
4. Drain Those Sprinklers & Shut The Water
Free fixes are the best fixes, right? Well, draining your sprinkler system and turning off outdoor water sources are both easy ways to prevent frozen hoses and possibly even burst pipes! Not sure how to drain your sprinklers? It’s okay to call in an expert — in fact, I recommend it!
5. Check Your Furnace
You can easily avoid winter mishaps and long waiting lists by being proactive and having someone come in to check and maintain your heating system. Waiting until the winter to do this is a big risk! The last thing you want is to be frozen and stuck in your home waiting for the repair man!
That’s it! In just a few easy steps, your home will be winter ready!
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Have any other tips you’d like to share about keeping your home in check for the winter? Feel free to share them in the comments below! In the meantime, I hope you all stay warm this winter!
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