Home Maintenance To Dos During Winter

Winter Home MaintenanceGet your home winter-ready now that the season is here.

The season of winter is here, and with it, comes fun, festivities, and parties. In short, there is a lot to look forward to! On the flip side, the ice, snow, and wind can have devastating effects on your home. This is the time to winterize your home before the snow begins to fall.

Homeowners, take the following precautions to winterize your home!

Maintain Gutters

Remove leaves, acorns, sticks, and other debris from the gutter so that melting snow and ice can flow freely. You may also consider installing gutter guards, that prevent debris from entering the gutter altogether!

Trim Trees

Ice, snow, and wind cause weak tree branches and bushes to break. When these are picked up in high winds, they can be thrown in home windows or cars, damaging property or injuring people. Trim the trees back to get rid of weak and dead branches.

Check Insulation

Add extra insulation to your attic, basement, and crawl spaces to prevent heat loss in the home. Ideally, the attic should be five to ten degrees warmer than the outside air, which will help to prevent ice dams.

Heat It Up

Heat your home to at least 65 degrees. Do so properly by using your heating system that is in good condition and has been checked by a professional. Make sure that your smoke and fire alarms all work properly, and install a carbon monoxide detector if you have not already.

Wrap Up Pipes

If exterior pipes freeze, they can burst and cause a whole lot of damage to your home and finances. Wrap up pipes with heating tape and insulate unfinished rooms, such as garages that frequently have exposed pipes. Also, always check for cracks and leaks.

Now that your home is prepared for winter get it properly insured for the season! Receive the right protection for your home – contact Mayer Insurance. We’re located in Apple Valley and serving neighboring cities in Minnesota with reliable homeowners insurance coverage. Give us a call to get started!