1. PREVENT FROZEN PIPES. THE COPPER PIPING THAT GOES TO YOUR OUTSIDE HOSE SPIGOT CAN FREEZE AND BURST IN THE WINTER IF IT HAS WATER STILL PRESENT INSIDE OF IT. YOU NEED TO DRAIN THE WATER OUT OF THE LINE TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IF YOUR HOSE SPIGOTS ARE NOT THE FROST-FREE STYLE OF SPIGOT( to learn more about frost-free hose spigots check out this post: leaky hose spigots

Ball valve shut off with drain

TO DO THIS YOU NEED TO FIRST SHUT OFF THE WATER GOING TO YOUR OUTSIDE HOSE SPIGOT. IF POSSIBLE DRAIN WATER FROM THE LINES GOING TO THE OUTSIDE. MANY SHUT-OFFS USED FOR HOSE SPIGOTS HAVE A DRAIN VALVE ON THEM TO DO THIS. LASTLY, TO HELP INSURE THAT THE SPIGOT WON’T FREEZE YOU CAN INSTALL AN INSULATED HOSE SPIGOT COVER OVER THE TOP ON OF THE SPIGOT.

2. SEAL UP YOUR HOUSE FROM DRAFTS. CAULK AROUND WINDOWS AND DOORS. REPLACE WORN OR MISSING WEATHER STRIPPING. REPAIR WINDOWS THAT ARE CRACKED. SEAL-UP THE HOUSE WITH WINDOW AND DOOR INSULATION KITS. INSTALL OUTLET AND SWITCH SEALS ON OUTSIDE WALLS TO PREVENT DRAFTS FROM ENTERING. (For more ideas on how to seal up your home from drafts and save on your heating check out this blog: insulate your home from drafts

3. PREVENT ICE DAMNS. CLEAN OUT LEAVES FROM GUTTERS TO ALLOW THEM TO FLOW FREELY. INSTALL HEAT CABLE ON YOUR ROOF AND IN YOUR GUTTERS TO MELT AWAY ICE DAMNS THAT FORM IN THE SPRING. (For more info on what to do for ice dams and installing heat cable check out this blog:  Ice Dams

4. CHECK YOUR HOMES HEATING SYSTEM. TEST YOUR HOMES HEATING SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS RUNNING PROPERLY. REPLACE FURNACE FILTERS WHEN THEY GET DIRTY OR AT LEAST EVERY 3 MONTHS. REPLACE YOUR WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIER FILTER. HIRE A COMPANY TO COME OUT AND CLEAN YOUR FURNACE AND DO A TUNE-UP IF NEEDED TO ENSURE YOU DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WHEN YOU REALLY NEED HEAT.

5. CLEAN YOUR SCREENS AND WINDOWS. BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD TO DO SO, CLEAN OFF YOUR WINDOWS. REMOVE, CLEAN AND STORE SCREENS FOR THE WINTER. REPAIR ANY SCREENS THAT ARE TORN OR WORN OUT. REPLACE THE GLASS ON ANY WINDOWS THAT ARE CRACKED OR BROKEN. (or you can bring your screens and windows in to LeVahn Brothers Hardware for repair).

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