1. Drain the water of exterior faucets by turning off the faucets and disconnecting hoses. You want to do this because remaining water in the pipes can freeze and potentially burst the pipes as the water turns to ice and expands.
2. Clean up your gutters because if they are full, water can back up against the house and damage roofing and siding.
3. Make sure your gutters are dumping the water away from your foundation. You can do this by adding 3 to 4 feet of downspout.
4. Caulk around windows and doors if there is a bigger gap between the windows and siding than the width of a nickle.
5. Look at your roof for any damaged, loose, or missing shingles that may leak during the winter's storms or from melting snow.
6. Take steps to prevent ice dams. Ice dams melt, water can back up and flow into your house and cause damage. A home improvement contractor can identify and fix the problems.
7. Another little trick you can do is hit the reverse switch on your ceiling fans. This will create an updraft and push down the heated air from the ceiling.
8. Lastly get an inspector to come out for a small price and inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure that the system is in good repair. While they are out they will also measure the carbon-monoxide leakage.
These are just a few things that will help your home stay in good repair throughout the winter months.
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