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How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Months

The weather is getting colder day by day, which means winter is coming. At Rocky Top Restoration, we love the colder months because it is filled with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Before it gets too cold, it is essential to prepare your home for the colder months. Fall is a great time to start thinking about what maintenance you need to perform before it gets colder. Most of these tasks you can do by yourself and they will be huge lifesavers when your utility bills are lowered and your home runs problem-free throughout the winter months. 

The first thing you should do is to check your home’s heating and air conditioning system. Some ways you can maintain your HVAC system are changing your filters and getting your system inspected. Most heating and air systems last typically between 10 to 15 years, but they must be maintained to last that long.

Another task to do is clean your gutters. This is key! Many leaves are falling, and they get caught in your gutter, which can negatively impact your home. When your gutters back up, they overflow, which causes water damage in your home. Cleaning out your gutter is a simple and effective way to prepare your home for the colder months.

Fires happen a lot in the wintertime due to furnaces and fireplaces being used more. Testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is important because it can save your home from fire damage. Ensuring your smoke detectors have fresh batteries is essential and will protect your home whether you are there or on vacation. 

One last thing you can do is drain the water from your outdoor faucets and garden hoses. Storing your hoses inside will keep them from freezing. Also, make sure to look for any problems with pipes prone to freezing in the house. These two tasks will minimize leaking if a pipe happens to burst. 

We know you love your home and want to protect it at all costs, which is why we urge you to prepare it for the winter months. If something does happen, know that we, at Rocky Top Restoration, can help get you through it. If you have any additional questions about your home, please visit our website for more information.