Winterizing Your Home

By Victor Hegman

It’s that time of year again and after the last two freezing winters it’s wise to start early with cold weather preparations to your home.
You can start by rolling up all of your water hoses, making sure they are completely drained, and store them in a dry, closed area out of the wind and elements. If you have a sprinkler system, insulate all fittings above ground including cut-off valves. Buy inexpensive water faucet covers and install.
This is a good time to call an HVAC Tech to service your heaters. Carbon monoxide is a silent, deadly killer. Check for wind leaks on doors and windows by keeping your hand damp with a wet cloth and feel slowly around each seal area to find drafts. All home improvement centers carry sealants and insulation kits to seal these areas.
Often overlooked areas are doggie doors installed without good flapper seals. If your door is over three years old, consider replacing the flapper or the entire unit.
The local home improvement stores in your area carry foam seal plate gaskets, for your outlet and switch plates. Always use extreme caution when removing these plates, not to touch the switch or outlet.
I hope these few tips help you stay warm this winter. And remember to cover your delicate plants and most of all, bring your pets inside on these cold days and nights. Your animals feel the cold and heat just like their owners, sometimes even more.
Next month I will advise on outside projects for the winter, to prepare for spring. Happy New Year from all of your friends at Buccaneer Construction.
Any questions or comments please email: vic@buccaneerconstruction.com or call 409-744-1101.

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