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Winter Home Tips

While the weather outside may be frightful, your home maintenance doesn’t have to be. Prepping for winter is an important part of maintaining your home and could prevent costly damage. Make these five tips part of your seasonal routine.

  • Maintain heat sources
    You don’t want to realize there’s an issue with your heat on the first cold night of the year; so, before the cold season begins, have a licensed contractor clean and inspect your furnace and chimneys. This is also a great time to replace your furnace filters.
  • Prepare the pipes
    Winterize your plumbing pipes and drain any outdoor faucets and garden hoses to prevent freezing. Just in case the worst happens, ensure everyone in the house knows where and how to turn off the water at its source to minimize leaking if a pipe bursts.
  • Maintain the yard
    Trim trees and dead branches to prevent fallen limbs damaging your home. Clear out gutters to remove any sticks and leaves so they can drain properly, and make sure the downspout points away from the foundation.
  • Check your smoke detectors
    This is a good time to make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. Clean off any dust and consider changing the batteries.
  • Seal air leaks
    During cold weather, too much air may be entering your house through small cracks and openings. Assess any drafty doors or windows and seal them with weather-stripping products, caulk or pressurized expanding foam. Doing this can also save money on your heating bill.

Winter weather-related damages can catch you off guard, but home insurance can give you peace of mind. Call your local Alfa® agent today.

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