10 Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter

With Winter around the corner it's important to know what to do so your home is properly prepared for Winter. 

It's important to do these things ASAP so you aren't dealing with problems in the middle of Winter! 

Here are 10 tips for how to prepare your home for Winter. 

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1. Have Emergency Supplies

You never know what might happen- make sure you have enough food, water, clothing, and heating in the event of a huge blizzard & power outage. 

Make sure to know what the storms are predicted to be like this Winter so you know how long of an emergency supply kit you will need. 

2. Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Some forms of heating can release a lot of carbon monoxide and without proper ventilation this can be deadly to you. 

Carbon monoxide is what cars release, so breathing it would be like breathing car exhaust- it can kill! 

3. Clear The Gutter

In Fall it's especially likely the gutter gets clogged with leaves, branches, and twigs. 

Make sure to clear the gutter so water doesn't get trapped inside of it. If water gets trapped, then it could burst when Winter comes (water expands into ice). 

4. Check The Furnace

Make sure all forms of heating are properly working so you know you'll be warm. 

If your furnace needs an inspection, also make sure to get that done. 

5. Keep The Pipes Warm

Keep your water pipes & home warm- leaving the temperature at a minimum of 55F should be good. 

If it gets too cold then the water inside the pipes could expand & burst when it turns into ice. This would be expensive & complicated to fix. 

6. Unplug The Hoses

Same thing can happen with the hoses- if you leave them plugged in and they have even a small amount of water in, parts of the hose could burst! 

7. Test The Snowblower & Shovels

Test ALL of your Winter gear before the snow comes! 

You don't want to realize your snowblower doesn't work after your drive-way is packed with snow...

8. Get a Chimney Cap

Make sure that your chimney is protected. This will prevent wildlife animals from getting in, cold from getting in, and other damages from occuring. 

9. Look For Holes & Entrances Wildlife Animals Might Use To Break in

With the temperature dropping, wildlife animals will become more likely to try infest your home. 

Make sure you don't have any small holes around the house because wildlife animals will tear their way through if they sense they can hide in the attic or between the walls. 

Note: For help on Wildlife animals & chimney caps & any other questions you might have, call us at 855-WILDLIFE. 

10. Check Your Insulation

Make sure your windows & doors are properly sealed. Outlets are another way that cold air might sneak in.

Checking your insulation will ensure you don't spend extra money trying to keep your home warm! 

 

Thanks for reading this post, we hope you enjoyed!

-Wildlife x Team International

 

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