How To: Prepare Your Home's Exterior For Winter

Winter can be rough on your home. Follow our simple tips below to keep it safe during the cold months ahead

Monday, Dec 17, 2012  |  Updated 11:03 AM EDT
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How To: Prepare Your Home's Exterior For Winter

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This article is sponsored by Michael & Son, the leading full-service plumbing, electrical, HVAC and remodeling company serving the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years. Learn more about Michael & Son at MichaelandSon.com.

Now that we've gone over preparing your electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems for the winter, it's time to address your home's exterior. Along with the cold, the next few months will bring an array of damaging weather -- from rain and sleet to snow and ice, your home's exterior is in for a beating.

Fortunately, a little planning and preparation can go a long way by helping you avoid costly damages. Follow our tips below to keep your home's exterior safe this winter.

Tree Trimming
Overgrown tree branches can become dangerous during a winter storm. Branches can take out power lines, cause fires and smash through a home's window. Make sure to trim back any overgrown branches before the winter weather really starts to hit.

The Roof
A leaky roof in the winter time can be disastrous for a home, both inside and out. Make sure to check your roof for any small holes or loose shingles and repair them immediately.

The Gutters
Keeping your gutters clean is very important during the winter season. Clogged gutters can cause or worsen issues like foundation cracks, ponding in the lawn and indoor flooding.

Driveway, Porches and Patios
A small crack in your driveway can become a large crack after a cold winter. Make sure to seal up any cracks in your driveway and patio as well. Also, if you prefer to leave your patio furniture out through the winter, make sure it’s tied down and covered.

Exterior Cracks
Cracks or holes in your homes exterior that are near plumbing can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Make sure to seal any of these cracks or holes before the snow flies.

Following these simple suggestions can help you avoid problems in the future. And if you need help getting your home ready for winter, call Michael & Son to set up and appointment with one of their friendly technicians.

For more home improvement and home safety tips from Michael & Son, click here.
 

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