Winter season is upon us. Temperatures are steadily dropping, days are shortening and nights are growing longer. Winter is a remarkable time in Maine. However, without proper preparations, it can be cruel. From winter storms to freezing rain to snow to sleet and so much more…
Here are 5 ways to adequately prepare your home for winter in Maine.
- Prevent frozen pipes
All pipes in your home are highly susceptible to freezing in extremely cold weather. Therefore, insulate your water lines with insulation specifically designed for plumbing, to protect your water pipes from getting frozen overnight. Similarly, disconnect any outdoor hoses and drains and completely close all outdoor faucets.
Although, if your pipes get frozen, make sure there is someone who knows how to completely stop water flow to prevent further damage to your home. Contact your plumber or insurance immediately for further information on how to proceed. Be cautious of potential electric shocks in and around standing water.
- Thoroughly clean drains and gutters
Blocked drains and gutters are harmful to your home’s roofing system due to the possible leaks. As such, it is always helpful to sweep away all the leaves, dirt and twigs from your drainage system as well as your roof. Likewise, pour water through the downspouts to ascertain they are in good working conditions.
- Weather-strip your windows and doors
A lot of heat in your home is lost through the cracks and gaps around your doors and windows. Check your home for drafts by holding a lit candle along your doors and windows. If the flame flickers, then you have a draft. Add weather stripping to such doors and windows to seal air leaks in your home.
- Ensure your heating system is up and running
Before the winter season begins, it is always best to ensure your heating system is working in optimum conditions. Similarly, schedule a mid-season check-up with your licensed plumber to ensure it continues to work efficiently, minimizes the risk of it emitting deadly carbon monoxide fumes, and saves you money in the long run.
- Prepare your lawn
Most lawns are often neglected during winter. For a healthy lawn, ensure your grass is regularly mowed until when it cannot grow anymore. Rake the leaves in your compound as well as the grass clippings to provide the maximum sun exposure of the grass. Also, remember to mulch around your plants and trees to guard them against freezing and exposure to harsh weather.
‘Prevention is better than cure.’ Take the time to implement these five steps and protect your home from the winter storms, cold rain, snow, sleet, and many other dangerous weather conditions. You will be saving yourself a whole lot of trouble as well as hard-earned money.