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4 Things to Think About To Prepare for Winter

The middle of winter is the time that you shouldn’t have much of anything to maintain on your home, if you’ve been able to keep up with maintenance leading up to then. If you still have a few things to catch up on, now is a good time to take care of those projects.

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead before the cold season sets in. Don’t let it catch you by surprise! Here are some things to make sure you have in place before the weather gets too cold. Some things to prepare for are the following:

Keep in mind that these things can be done at any time in the next few days/weeks. There is no set time that you have to do them, but it’s best to get them done sooner rather than later.

1. Winter Heat – Electric Heaters

It’s a good idea to have a few small electric heaters available for use. If you live in an old house that has an old crawlspace that has air flowing through it, and there are water lines exposed, you could be in for some frozen water lines! Its better to think ahead and try to prevent frozen lines, than to end up with frozen water lines that end up bursting during the thawing process!

3. Prepare for Winter with Salt Supply Ready

Do you have a small stock pile of salt for use with ice and snow? The times you really need the salt are not the times to go out and by salt. It is usually hard to find at that point because everyone else needs it too. Be proactive now so that when the time comes, you’re ready for any kind of weather!

2. Prepare Your Oil Tank for Winter

Don’t forget to check your oil tank level if you heat with oil. The middle of winter isn’t a good time to be caught by surprise with an empty oil tank and no heat! And don’t forget about your filters on your HVAC system. They still need to be changed in the winter.

4. Keeping Snow Off the Roof

It’s never a bad idea to have a contact ready or person you know who is able to remove snow when you need some extra help. When there is a heavy snow, keep your eye on any roof areas that there may be issues with having too much snow on it. There are times when there is so much snow on a roof that it pays to have a professional come out to scrape off the snow/ice off of your roof. This can keep any damage from happening to the roof or gutters.

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