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Getting Your Home Winter Ready: Be Prepared For Winter Storms

1/12/2024 (Permalink)

Drying equipment on the floor in a basement. Getting your home ready for winter is all about being proactive. It's about being prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

Hello from your friendly team at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown! Today, we're talking about how to ready your home for winter. Winters can be tough, with brutal storms and icy conditions. This guide will help you prepare your property for the freezing months ahead, pointing out what you need to focus on to keep it safe.

1. Check Out Your Insulation

Good insulation is your best bet against the cold biting through your home. Check your attic, pipes, and walls to make sure they're well insulated. This will keep your house warm and prevent pipes from freezing. If in doubt, get a professional to do a check-up.

2. Check Your Roof and Gutters

Your roof is a crucial defense line against snow and storm. Regular checks should spot any problems that can lead to leaks or more serious damage. And remember, clean and secure gutters will stop water from pooling and causing issues with flooding or ice.

3. Seal Your Windows and Doors

Cracks or gaps around windows and doors can let in the cold and ramp up your heating bills. Make sure they're properly sealed - you could use weather stripping or window insulation kits. Door draft guards can stop that chilly breeze blowing under your doors.

4. Prepare Your Heating System

Your heating system is going to be working overtime in winter, so give it a thorough inspection. Clean and maintain fireplaces, heaters and furnaces, and make sure to change filters regularly. Get a professional inspection done once a year - it's worth it for peace of mind!

5. Get An Emergency Kit Ready

Winter storms can knock out power at the most inconvenient times. Prepare an emergency kit that's easy to grab when needed. It should include flashlights, batteries, warm blankets, bottled water, and some food items that can last you a few days. It's also a good idea to throw in a first-aid kit and essential meds.

Getting your home ready for winter is all about being proactive. It's about being prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. If the worst does happen, remember that we are here at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown to help with any kind of restoration services. Our experts can provide advice, tips, or hands-on assistance. Here's to keeping safe, warm, and ready this winter!

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