Is Your Home Prepared for Winter Weather?

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Real Estate Agent with Bennett Realty Solutions MD#634275

As we head into the winter season, it’s important to take a few moments to prepare your home for the cold weather. Let’s look at 7 things to help get you started.

Reverse Ceiling Fans. If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the  fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after your heat is turned on. According to Energy Star, the fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the  ceiling.

Examine The Roof. If you can scan the roof closely with binoculars, look for loose or missing shingles that may leak from melting snow. If necessary hire a roofer or a handyman to handle any repairs. Also check for breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys.

Caulk Windows and Doors. If gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, exterior caulk needs to be reapplied. Remember to check window joints and door frames. Check window-glazing putty which seals glass into the window frame. Add weather stripping as needed around doors, making sure you cannot see any daylight from inside your home.

Clean Gutters. If your gutters are full of debris or litter, water can back up against the house causing leaks and damage to roofing, siding and wood trim. Remember to look for gutters that are missingand damaged fascia boards and repair them.

Get Furnace Inspected. Have your furnace inspected to measure any carbon monoxide leakage, to ensure the system is clean and operating properly, and to ensure it can achieve its efficiency based on the manufacturer’s specifications.

Turn off Outside Faucets. Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Disconnect all garden hoses and drain water that remains in faucets. Turn off the shut off valve inside your home, if you do not have frost-proof faucets.

Restock Winter Essentials. Before the first winter storm, be sure to restock cold-weather essentials, such as batteries, flashlights, shovels, salt or ice melt!

If you need an experienced Realtor to help you sell or buy a home, call/text/email me today!

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Diana White-Pettis, Associate Broker

Exit Bennett Realty

7701 Greenbelt Rd. #100

Greenbelt, MD  20770

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Email: dwhitepettis@gmail.com

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Larry Johnston
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Good evening Diana White-Pettis , I am about half way through my to-do ist, but I'll get there.  Thanks for the reminder.

Nov 28, 2016 05:01 PM #1
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Sam Shueh
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One way to observe the wellness in insulation is watch the roof for heat loss.

Poorly insulated homes have lots melted evidence while great insulation shows otherwise.

faucet foam jacket. One will be suprised some pipes become frozen.

Nov 28, 2016 05:02 PM #2
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Tips everyone needs to follow to get ready for winter.

 

Nov 28, 2016 06:35 PM #3
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Winston Heverly
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Can you believeing we are already talking about Christmas where has the year gone?

Nov 28, 2016 09:57 PM #4
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Kathryn Acciari
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All very simple steps to take in order to protect the home from extreme weather. Thank you, Dianna.

Dec 01, 2016 03:03 AM #5
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Roy Kelley
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This icy day in Maryland should be a good reminder for residents that they need to be well prepared for winter weather.

Dec 17, 2016 05:13 PM #6
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Lou Ludwig
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Diane

Your tips for preparing our home for winter are right on point.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 24, 2016 06:04 PM #7
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Anna Hatridge
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Past experience reminded me about the hose and outside faucet.  Had to replace two faucets last year, and won't make that mistake again.

Dec 26, 2016 09:25 AM #8
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Hi Diana White-Pettis!  What a great list and I have to say that the one about checking your furnace is super important!  I can't tell you how many recent inspections I've attended and the inspector found a CO leak. When this happens, I phone the listing agent right from the house so that the homeowners can get someone out before sleeping there one more night.  That scares me to death - it is the silent killer!  When the system works, people take that for granted!

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Diane, these are great tips on how to prepare your home for winter.  Thanks for sharing them.

Dec 29, 2016 11:19 AM #10
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