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Prepare Your Home for Winter

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

A red house covered in white snow with the SERVPRO logo in the bottom right corner Use these tips to prepare your home before the snow falls.

Winter is quickly approaching us here in West Virginia. Leaves are starting to change color and you can feel the cool, brisk air in the morning. With winter usually comes heavy snowfall and winter storms sweeping across Central West Virginia. What does this mean for your home? We will share a few tips with you so that you may prepare your home for the winter months and possible winter storms to come.

  • First things first, you should test your heating unit. If it is an older one, it is a good idea to have it inspected by an HVAC professional. The worst thing that can happen is a blizzard coming through and you are stuck in a cold home because you forgot to check your furnace prior to winter!
  • This may seem trivial, but you should also reverse your ceiling fans. If your fan has the capability to reverse the direction that it spins, it will produce an updraft and push the warm air down towards the floor.
  • Check your roof for loose or missing shingles. Fix these as soon as possible to prevent any leaks from rain or snow.
  • Seal your windows and doors with caulk to keep your home insulated.
  • Clean your gutters. If your gutters are full of debris and we get a large snowstorm, once the snow melts it will causse the water to back up against the house and cause leaks.
  • Turn off exterior faucets. Leftover water in pipes can freeze and cause pipes to burst which can cause a large water loss.

Doing these things will keep your home comfortable and safe for winter. If a winter storm does hit our area and your home experiences damage due to damaged shingles or gutters, give us a call.

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