According to The Old Farmers Almanac winter is approaching. Is your home prepared?
Owning a home in Connecticut can be costly during the winter months. Cost of heating your home can be high and nor’easters can cause damage that you were not expecting. Winter weather is unpredictable but there are things you can do to help protect your home.
1. Clean your gutters: Fall leaves can collect in gutters and on your roof. Take time in the fall to clean gutters and remove leaves from the rooftop to prevent ice damns.
2. Trim trees near your home: Ice and heavy snowstorms can take a toll on your trees. If you have trees that have branches that hang over your home, consider trimming them back in the fall.
3. Clean your chimney or flue: If your home has a wood stove or fireplace it is imperative that you clean your chimney and even have it inspected by a professional.
4. Insulate your home: Adding some weather-stripping insulation to doors and windows and taking the time to insulate your attic and walls will help you save money in heating costs.
5. Service snow removal equipment: Fall is a good time to get your snowblower and other snow removal equipment serviced before the first snowfall.
6. Be prepared for an emergency: If there is a threat of a severe snowstorm, be sure to have plenty of fresh water, flashlights,batteries and no perishable food items in your home.
Being a homeowner in Connecticut means you must prepare for all severe weather that may damage your home. The more you can do to prevent the headache of storm damage the better off you’ll be! For more information on Natural Disasters in Connecticut visit the CT Department of Public Health.