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Quick Checklist to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Quick Checklist to Get Your Home Ready for Winter
Love it or hate it, winter is about to settle into Windsor and Essex County. We’ve compiled a list to help you take action against potential costly damage to your home.  

  • Test and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the manufacturer’s recommended replacement date.  
  • Have your furnace, wood stove and all other heating sources inspected, maintained and cleaned before the cold settles in. Remember to clean them regularly and replace filters as necessary.  
  • If you’re going on vacation, turn your water off, keep the heat on and ask a trusted person to check on your home regularly while you’re away.  
  • Turn off and winterize outdoor faucets and run water through your less-often used plumbing fixtures regularly. Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to help prevent freezing. 
  • Test to ensure your plumbing shutoff valves are working properly. 
  • Inspect your roof and eavestroughs for ice dams. Check in your attic for frost accumulation, as this may be a sign of future problems.  
  • Always keep your sidewalks, driveway and exterior stairs free of snow and ice. Be certain snow is also removed around gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and basement windows. 
  • Trim tree branches around your home which are also close to hydro wires. 
A little prevention can save you time and money this winter!