How To Prepare Your Property For Winter: 4 Simple Steps To Keep Your Home Safe From The Elements

Two focuses of my blog are Home/Living Discussions and Home/Property Discussions. If you live in a cold weather state, it’s critical that you think of ways to optimize your home during the winter months. The following contributed post is entitled, How To Prepare Your Property For Winter: 4 Simple Steps To Keep Your Home Safe From The Elements.

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Keeping your home safe and secure during the coldest months of the year is no easy feat. After all, it’s not every day that Mother Nature decides to bring snow and frosty mornings with her. Armed with the knowledge of how much time you have left until winter arrives, you can prep your home for an enjoyable stay and keep your family safe in a chilly environment. After all, safety comes first! Here are 4 things you can do to prepare your property for winter.

Have your boiler serviced

This might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about winter preparations, but it’s essential! If you haven’t had your boiler serviced in a while, this is the perfect time to set up an appointment. This will give you peace of mind that your heating system is in good working order and ready to last the winter. If parts are damaged or need replacing, you’ll have it done in plenty of time for your system to run at full capacity for the cold season. A boiler serviced annually will use about 30% less energy than one left un-serviced. This will lower your bills and reduce your area’s carbon emissions.

Be ready to clear snow from your property

If you’re lucky enough to live in a climate that sees a lot of snow, you should make sure you’re prepared to clear the walkways and driveways of your property. It’s best to do this as soon as the first flurries appear in the sky. Because snow can pile up quickly, it’s best to remove it as soon as possible. This will prevent you from doing it in large quantities later on. Shoveling snow at the first sign of it falling is also a great time-saver! You’ll want to clear walkways so that people can enter and exit your property safely and clear the driveway so you can get to your car when needed. Be sure to follow your town’s regulations for how wide your walkways should be removed. If you are unsure, you can use a Snow Removal company to assist you in clearing snow from your property.

Clear your gutters

When you think about winter preparation, you might not think of your gutters, but they’re an essential part of your home that needs tending to. Your gutters will collect a lot of ice and snow during the colder months. If they’re clogged with debris, your gutters won’t be able to do their job. You might find ice and snow building up on your roof, which will put extra stress on your home and could lead to leaks or structural damage. Your roof is integral to your home’s insulation and helps prevent heat loss during the winter. Ice and snow buildup puts added pressure on your roof and could cause damage or leaks.

Keep your pipes warm

While you should do everything you can to prevent freezing pipes if it does happen to your property, you should know what to do. There are many ways to keep your pipes from freezing over. You can wrap them in insulation, crank up the thermostat, or use heat tape. If you have exterior pipes, you can also shield them with sand, sawdust, or a foam sleeve. If a pipe does freeze, you’ll want to find it as quickly as possible and thaw it out. There are many ways to do this, including wrapping the pipe in hot water-soaked rags, running a blow-dryer on the pipe, or using a heat blanket.

Conclusion

Ensuring your home is prepared for winter is essential to staying safe and warm during these months. Having your boiler serviced, clearing snow and ice from your property, and keeping your pipes warm are three ways to keep your home safe and secure during the coldest months of the year.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.