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Why Do We Promote Winterizing Homes?

Why Do We Promote Winterizing Homes?
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Several people have asked why we wrote so many articles about preparing homes before winter. It’s really quite simple. People forget what happens every year after the summer. So I’ll enlighten you with a song by the greatest rock band EVER. Led Zeppelin, for those of you who don’t know. Robert Plant sings:

Leaves are falling all around, It’s time I was on my way.
Thanks to you, I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay.
But now it’s time for me to go. The autumn moon lights my way.
For now I smell the rain, and with it pain, and it’s headed my way.
Sometimes I grow so tired, but I know I’ve got one thing I got to do…

Basically he’s singing about Autumn and how the leaves are falling, weather starts to change and eventually he ‘rambles on’. Most people do the same thing except they ramble on to their sofa instead of their gutters. That’s right! Gutter cleaning need to happen when the leaves start falling all around. This one thing can cause much pain when it starts raining. Gutters need to be clear of debris for them to work properly.

Top Tips For Winterizing Your Home

  • Check your heating system. Furnaces should be inspected and cleaned. Hot water radiators should be checked before it gets cold. Also, bleed the valves until you see water. Get rid of anything flamable from around your furnace. You don’t want to start a fire.
  • Consider get your chimney swept if you have a fireplace.
  • Check your doors and windows and seal them.
  • Inspect your roof and clean your gutters. Do this after the leaves have stopped falling but before it gets too cold.
  • Change the batteries on your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Insulate your exterior plumbing. You know the place your garden hose attaches to? Also, drain and put your garden hose in safe storage.
  • Inspect and insulate any plumbing that may be in an unconditioned basement that is located near exterior walls. You don’t want them to freeze either.

For more helpful tips or help winterizing homes, call Flood Specialists. The better your home is prepared before winter, makes your home better prepared for snow melt and all the rain that Springtime brings.

One Comment

  1. Larry wrote:

    Ramble on indeed…

    Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

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