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12/09/2015
Winter is right around the corner, and hopefully you did more than just read our post on protecting your home from snow and ice. Here is a checklist that you should follow to get your home ready for the cold winter ahead.

Prepare for the Winter in Fountain

Now is the time to make sure your home can withstand the next winter. Follow this guide to fall home maintenance.

Gutter Work

Clogged gutters are the main cause of ice dams, so flush them out with water, inspect the joints, and tighten all the brackets. Consider new models with built-in leaf guards if your gutters are old.

Store Yard Equipment

Clean your yard equipment. Drain fuel from anything that is gas-operated. Inspect your snow equipment to ensure it is ready to go, and place it in the front of your storage unit for easy access.

Check the Deck

Make necessary repairs to your deck. Cover and store furniture and grills. Empty pots of any dirt, which can freeze and break pots if left outdoors.

Caulking

Caulk around windows and doors to prevent heat loss. Leaving openings can allow water to get in, resulting in mold and ice damage.

Roof Inspection

Look for any loose or missing shingles. Hire a professional to inspect the roof to make sure that it can bear loads of snow and ice.

Heating Systems

Service and inspect your HVAC. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, make sure the door gasket seals tightly.

Change Fan Directions

Reverse the blades of your ceiling fan so that it sends warm air to the ceiling. Keep your humidifiers clean during the cold season to avoid moisture from building up and causing mold problems.

Paint

Check your house exterior for peeling or chipping paint. It could be a sign that the coat will not protect your siding, resulting in considerable water damage and more.

Cracks in the Driveway

Clean out and repair any cracks in the driveway, then seal it with a coat of commercial sealer to avoid spreading the damage.

Protect Your ACs External Components

Make sure to remove the air conditioning units from windows and cover any external parts that could rust or corrode.

For Water Damage Restoration in Fountain

When your home is damaged by water, mold, fire, or natural disaster, you want to waste no time before getting back to normal. The professionals at DKI Buffalo Builders are available 24 hours a day to begin repairing, cleaning, and restoring your home in case of a disaster. Visit us online to learn more about our services and call our emergency hotline at (970) 330-8855.

How to Prevent and Detect Frozen Pipes

A particular concern during the winter months is frozen pipes. When your pipes freeze, water will back up and rupture the pipe, causing severe damage to your home and potentially to electrical system. These are some steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes from costing you considerable repairs this winter.

Insulation

Be sure to insulate any visible pipes, especially in the attic or closets. You can use heat tape or heat cables for insulation. Also insulate your attic penetrations and doors. Anywhere that cold can get in should be insulated.

Leaks

Check for any leaks or damage on your pipes. Repair them immediately. Also seal any cracks or penetrations in the walls.

Outdoors

Shut off the indoor valves controlling water flow to the outside of the house. Disconnect your garden hoses and drain the pipes leading to any outdoor faucets.

Thermostat

Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature day and night during extreme cold weather. Drops in temperature will make it easier for your pipes to freeze.

Open Cabinets

Pipes in the kitchen and bathroom are usually not insulated, so open the cabinets to let warm air in.

Garage

If pipes run through your garage, which is likely if it is attached to the house, keep your garage door closed.

On Vacation

Should you leave for any extended period of time, drain your water system before you go. Set your thermostat to keep the home above 54 degrees and ask a neighbor to check every day or two to make sure your home does not get too cold.

For Water Damage Restoration in Fountain

If your home is damaged by water, mold, fire, or natural disaster, contact DKI Buffalo Builders in Fountain for the best in home restoration. Find out more about our services at our website, and call us at (970) 330-8855. Our line is open 24 hours a day to respond to any emergency you may have.