Inspect windows. Before the wind howls and cool air creeps in, inspect the weather stripping and caulk around your windows. Look for any cracked or peeling caulking, loose window stripping and broken panes. At this time, also make sure that your window frames are secure. If necessary, apply caulk to stationary windows and weather stripping to those windows that open and close. Prevent leaks by replacing any cracked panes.
Check paint and siding. Look for cracking and peeling paint on your home’s exterior walls and windowsills and repaint any problem areas to prevent moisture from penetrating and causing costly deterioration. If you have brickwork on your home, inspect it for loose or crumbling mortar and repair any damaged areas. Additionally, make certain that all siding is secure, as rain and snow can push its way under loose siding and cause rotting to the wood underneath.
Winterize your hose bib. If you live in a climate that experiences freezes and you don’t have frost-proof hose bibs, winterizing them is important. Failing to remove hoses and shut off the water to the spigot can cause the pipes to freeze and break in the walls of your home, which creates often unseen, highly damaging leaks. Remove garden hoses, drain and store them for winter coiled and flat. Then close the interior valve to the outdoor hose bibs and completely drain any remaining water in the bibs before turning them off for the winter.
Thin and trim vegetation. Lacing trees so that the wind flows through helps protect them from losing limbs and falling onto your home or other structures during stormy weather. Pay particular attention to low-hanging limbs. Also trim back shrubs located next to your home, as they can scratch up against your house or windows and cause damage.
Replace outdoor light bulbs. Now, when the weather isn’t wet or windy is the most convenient and safest time to put new light bulbs in all of your outdoor fixtures. Installing new light bulbs helps guarantee that you don’t end up outdoors in icy weather conditions without an illuminated path to help guide you. Consider replacing your standard light bulbs with CFL (compact fluorescent light), which will save energy and money.
Daniel graduated from The Pennsylvania State University majoring in Psychology and business and is currently finishing an MBA at Monmouth University. During his tenure at Liberty Mutual, he has been awarded many awards including National Rookie of the year special recognition, 5 Time “Pacesetter,” Pursuit of Excellence and is a Liberty Lamplighters Club inductee. During his spare time, he enjoys staying active playing soccer, racquetball and partaking in long distance running competitions. He is also a membeYr of Jersey Shore Runners Club, Penn State Alumni Association, as well as SCORE, a nonprofit entity dedicated to the mentoring of small business owners. *First Financial Federal Credit Union Client #38361
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