Although the temperature has dropped dramatically over the last few days, we still have a little time before the bitter cold and snow head our way! Since it will be here before you know it, we’ve put together a list of “Must Do’s” to get your house in order before the first snowflake falls.
So here it is, our Duraclean ” Must Do” List to Prepare for Winter. . .
Fireplaces . . . if you have a fireplace, you have a chimney, and if you have a chimney, you MUST make sure that it is fully cleaned EVERY season. Although there are some who attempt this feat on their own, we would highly suggest using a professional. Making sure that your flume is free and clear of any debris makes for a nice cozy fire and a sweet peace of mind knowing that your family is as safe as possible. While you’re at it, if you intend to have quite a few fires during the winter season, it’s best to order your fire wood in advance to ensure the very best price.
Furnaces . . . this is an important one! Be sure to keep a watchful eye on your furnace, checking the blower often, and changing the filters regularly. Also routinely clean all vents and ducts. Using a professional is definitely the way to go with a furnace, but if you don’t be sure to keep up on regular maintenance.
Gutters . . . As we already reminded you in our last blog, it’s very important to clean out your gutters. After filling with leaves, twigs and other debris during the Fall, clogged gutters WILL cause you problems, some of which can be quite costly! Always remember to guide all water AWAY from your house. Doing both of these things will help to protect you from water damage in or outside of your home!
Sidewalks . . . Before the snow and the ice hit the ground, make sure to fill in or smooth out any cracks or crevices in your driveway, sidewalks or pathways. This may protect you from taking a “spill” and also make it much easier for you to shovel your way out during a snowstorm.
Windows. . . When was the last time you replaced your windows, added some extra insulation or caulked around windows or doors? Doing each of these things can help lower your monthly heating costs.
Winter Storm Kit . . .We’ve all been there, the snow starts falling, the winds start blowing and pretty soon we are left sitting in the dark; cold, hungry, cold, bored, and did I mention being cold? It’s good to always hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst! Gathering a few storage bins (depending on the size of your family) of bottled waters, a first aid kit, heavy blankets, socks, hats, gloves, sweatshirts, a few flashlights, canned and boxed food (a can opener of course), extra toilet paper, a hand crank radio, an extra battery for your cell phone and even a few packages of hand or foot warmers. I know it sounds like ALOT, but boy oh boy, when the electric is out and your sitting in the dark, cold and hungry, it’s so much easier to pull a pre-packed storage bin out of the hall closet, than it is to be frantically looking for items in the dark!
Generator. . . If you’d like to avoid sitting in the dark for a day or two or more, a generator is a good investment. When used properly (outside use only!) it can totally change a terrible storm experience into a tolerable one. Offering a few lights, use of a space heater and the possibility of keeping the food in your refrigerator safe from any power outages. Although a pretty big investment, chances are you will probably use it at least a time or two, and when you do, you will be very glad that you have it!
Although there will always be ways to tweak this “Must Do” list, we feel as though this is a great start to help prepare and make for an easier Winter season for you and your family. So take a few minutes now to make sure that you are prepared for later, and always remember, that if Disaster should strike, to give us a call @ 410-838-7330.
Remember, “No One is Faster to the Disaster!”
Wishing you and your family a safe, happy, and stress free Winter Season!