Winterize Your Home

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Winterize Your Home

 

Morrison Associates Inspections Unlimited provided these guidelines to winterize your home for safety and to save money on utilities. 

Inside Your Home 

Have your furnace system serviced to ensure its working efficiently and not emitting carbon monoxide. 
Clean permanent furnace filters and replace paper or disposable filters. 
Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 
If you have a wood stove or fireplace, have your chimney swept thoroughly. It should be cleaned before the soot build up reaches one-fourth inch thickness inside the chimney flue. 
Check your hot water heater for leaks and maintain proper temperature setting (120 degrees recommended by Department of Energy). On older water heaters with less insulation, for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit you lower the temperature, you save 6 percent of your water heating energy. 
Check the attic to see if insulation needs to be added or replaced. This is the most significant area of heat loss in many homes, so it is also important to see that it has proper ventilation. Inadequate ventilation could lead to premature deterioration of the insulation materials. You may also need to check insulation in exterior walls, crawl spaces and along foundation walls. 
Check all windows and doors for air leaks. Install storm windows and putty, caulk or add weather stripping as needed. 
Check basement and cellars for seal cracks or leaks in walls and floor. 
Make sure all vents are clean and operating properly. 
Clean and vacuum baseboard heaters, heating ducts and vents. 
Remove or winterize air conditioning units.

Outside Your Home 

Store or cover outdoor furniture, toys and grill. 
Purchase rock salt for melting snow and a shovel or snow blower if you don't already have one. Make sure you have the right kind of gas and oil on hand for your snow blower in the case of an unexpected snowstorm. 
Caulk joints and minor cracks on exterior walls and siding. 
Look for deteriorating finishes. Minor problems can be patched to preserve the wood. Put bigger jobs, such as scraping and refinishing painted or stained areas, on the calendar for next spring or early summer. 
Drain and shut off sprinkler systems and other exterior water lines to avoid frozen and broken pipes. Leave all taps slightly open. 
Insulate exterior spigots and other pipes that are subject to freezing but can't be drained or shut off. 
Rake and compost leaves and garden debris, or put out for yard-waste pickup. 
Clean storm drains, gutters and other drain pipes. 
Check the foundation for proper drainage. To do this, spray yard with a hose to see if water runs away from the house. A little shoveling to reshape the earth next to the house may make the water run away from the foundation. 
Make sure dirt or piles of wood don't come into contact with or touch siding, inviting termites and carpenter ants into the house. 
Seal driveway and walkway cracks, if needed, before ground freezes regularly. 
Inspect the roof for loose, damaged or missing pieces. 
Check attic vent openings for nests or other blockages.

 

Have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!

CHARACTER COUNTS IN GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND.

 

 

Torch Ginger, Etlingera elatior, (ginger flower, red ginger lily, torch lily, wild ginger), Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 0592 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Torch Ginger, Etlingera elatior, (ginger flower, red ginger lily, torch lily, wild ginger),

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 0592
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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

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Maria Sapio
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Thank you Roy Kelley for providing this helpful winterizing information. 

Nov 15, 2017 02:58 PM #2
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Thanks for the reminder, Roy!  I definitely need to pick up a replacement filter for my furnace.  I keep forgetting that!

Nov 15, 2017 05:56 PM #3
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Roy, these are important reminders especially for those in colder climates. In our area, we typically do not winterize but we do protect pipes and sensitive plants whenever there is a frost in the forecast.

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Selected officers within the Gaithersburg Police Department began using body-worn cameras in late October. The remaining officers will be outfitted in phases by the end of January, 2018. Body-worn cameras allow the Department to capture both audio and video interactions between officers and individuals. The cameras can help document police and citizen behavior and resolve citizen complaints, and can be used as evidence in criminal proceedings and civil litigation. Guidelines and instructions for officer use of body-worn cameras is in General Order 619.4. The Order and additional background information can be found here.
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Loose Leaf Collection Underwayleaf
Fall loose leaf collection is now underway for single family and townhouse owners. Place your leaves at the street curb by 7 a.m. on your regular recycling day. Note that leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected. The weekly collection continues through the last week of December, weather permitting. Any time during the year you can bag your leaves in biodegradable brown bags and leave them curbside with your other recyclables.
Nov 16, 2017 04:26 AM #7
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This is excellent information for those living in less temperate climates than South Florida.

Nov 16, 2017 05:40 AM #8
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Good afternoon Roy - checking insulation and Furnaces, Boilers, and hot water heaters can result in big energy savings.

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The City of Gaithersburg estimates that it will serve more than 1,600 children during its annual Holiday Giving program in December. The donation of new toys and new hat, scarf and glove sets is greatly appreciated. Monetary donations that will allow staff to purchase gifts to supplement the donated toys are also welcome and can be made online. Click here for more information. 
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This is a good list of items that will keep our homes in good order through the winter. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 18, 2017 08:35 PM #12
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Good Sunday morning to all. Have a great day and a very special week as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

Nov 19, 2017 05:21 AM #13
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Middle and high school skiers and snowboarders are invited to join "Gaithersburg Skis." Purchase a Night Club Card to take advantage of eight consecutive Saturday evening trips to Ski Liberty or Ski Whitetail in January and February. Trips run from 2 to 11:30 p.m., departing from and returning to the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. All students must first register for a Gaithersburg Youth Clubor Student Union membership to participate. Learn more here.
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