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Cold Weather is on the Way: 5 Things to do Beforehand

Is old man winter sneaking up on you? Want to find better ways to protect your home from the cold? Cold weather is on its way and getting your home ready to battle the weather should be high on the priority list. Read on for some tips and advice against the winter blues.

Pipes Galore - One of the key elements of your home you should check often are your pipes. When the cold arrives, the pipes are usually the first things affected. Pipes can freeze or even break under cold pressure, so what you want to do is cover your exposed pipes with insulation sleeves which will keep them warmer. In addition, letting water trickle out of the faucets will help the pipes but won't increase your water bill that significantly.

Stay Warm - Another important item you should check before the cold sets in is the furnace. You should get it cleaned once a year. It helps to conserve energy, but a good professional, like those at Need-A-Plumber Canada, will make sure that it is working in tip-top shape. They will also check for any gas leaks or if anything is cracked. That way you can feel safe and warm in your home.

Protection from the Elements - You've probably never thought too much about this next element, but the attic and roof are important. The attic needs to be well ventilated maintaining similar outside temperatures. The reason for this is so that "ice damns" don't form in that area. This happens when melted snow enters into the attic from the drainage off the roof and starts to get into the inside walls of the home. Another way to help prevent ice damns is to make sure the gutters are cleaned out before the first snowfall. Finally, don't allow too much snow build up on the roof because he could add unwanted weight to it which could cause damage to your roof longer down the line.

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Out and About - Lastly, you will want to keep an eye outside. The street drains can pose a problem for you if the melted snow has now where to go. This blocked water can travel to the base of your home, causing major floor damage or even worse, cracked foundations. So clear away any debris that might clog any drains outside your home to allow melted snow a route away from your home.

 These are just some ways to prepare you for old man winter. Many of these items doesn't take too much time to do nor do they cost too much. But wouldn't you rather feel safe in your home than worrying about what might break next? Be smart, be safe and keep warm this winter by following these simple tips.

 

Meghan Belnap

Meghan Belnap

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