Winter can be a stressful time, adding extra chores, the rain, wind, snow and the cold! It’s no wonder that people have trouble figuring out how prepare their home for winter. A good thing to start with is to get your heating checked out by a professional, to fix any problems that may have occurred doing the other months, which may make your winter even more un-bearable because with no heating, it’s going to be cold.
Of course, if you heat your house by wood, then getting your fireplace and chimney checked out is a good idea too. Make sure that the mortar between the bricks is still in good condition, and get it replaced it not. Check to make sure there aren’t any birds or rodents in the chimney, and if your chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, it’s a good idea to get a chimney sweep.
You may also want to look at your doors and windows, looking for cracks or holes in pipes. Depends on where you live and how cold your winters are, you may or may not want to get weather-stripping to put around the doors to make sure that cold air doesn’t go under or around the door. Another thing to look at is your gutters, cleaning out all the leaves and spraying water in the downspouts to clear away debris.
In case you happen to like your hot showers, you may want to take measures to prevent plumbing freezes. Do things like draining all the garden hoses, locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off quickly, and insulate exposed pipes.
If, in the unlikely event of a emergency, it’s good to have a kit prepared. This should include candles and matches or a lighter, extra bottled water and non-perishable food (and pet food, if you have a pet), blankets and a first aim system. Batteries for important electronic items like phones, computers and radios are a good idea too.
For added safety measures, it’s a good idea to get someone (or do it yourself) to trim back the branches of trees that are near power lines , in case one of the power lines fall down. Having the power service number in a handy, quick to find location can also help.
Some of these measures may seem a bit extreme, but they are sure to come in handy in the long winter months. Some may even take the most extreme measures and start planning for a move, possibly to a warmer state. Young adults may finally decide that moving out of the family nest and hiring a moving service during this time may be best option. While many people do not have this choice, roughing it out for the winter will have to become evident.
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