In a blink of an eye the leaves go from green to yellow and red then, before we know it there is snow on the ground and it is winter yet again. There are some things renters and homeowners should do to prepare their home for the cold winter weather.
Check the gutters
Prevent ice damns by clearing out the gutters.
Protect the pipes
Insulate the pipes that are susceptible to freezing.
Seal the cracks
Put caulk over holes and openings to prevent cold air seeping in.
Stop the slips
Keep driveway and sidewalks clear of ice.
Install an emergency release
Consider installing an emergency pressure relief valve in your plumbing system.
Keep it cozy
Make sure the thermostat is at least 65 degrees if not warmer.
Have heating checked
Have furnace, boilers, and chimneys serviced.
Test the detectors
Make sure smoke detectors work properly to help prevent a residential fire.
Clear the yard
Trim trees and clear yard of branches so the snow and wind do not damage the home.
Roll up the hose
Drain all hoses, roll them up, and store them for the winter.