Old Man Winter is just around the corner. Are you ready? There are quick and easy things you can do now to protect your home, inside and out, for the inclement weather to come.
1) Let’s start top to bottom. Did you know you can reverse your ceiling fan’s direction? Check to see if there is a switch to do so, and if so – use it! By reversing direction (to clockwise), heated air is pushed down where you need it the most. Prior to doing this, don’t forget to clean your fan blades. You don’t want to push dust and debris down. This Duster is made specifically for cleaning ceiling fans, no ladder needed!
2.) Visually scan your roof for damage/loose pieces BEFORE the snow falls. Ideally, you want to do this from higher up. If you do notice minor roof damage, this roll on roof patch goes on like tape and can be used to repair your roof or gutters. After it starts snowing, you want to make sure snow is not piling up. If it is, toss these roof melts on your roof and they do all the work – melting snow on contact. You don’t even need a ladder.
3) Get your mind out of the gutter! Well actually, we do need you to focus on the gutters for a bit. Clogged gutters are a big problem in winter. Trapped leaves and debris can keep gutters from doing their job. You want that water to flow freely. Either clean your gutters yourself or hire a pro. As a preventative measure, this Gutter Wedge keeps the gunk from accumulating in the first place.
4) Baby it’s getting cold… inside. Banish the brrrrr this Winter. Check for leaks under doors and around windows. Besides causing energy bills to go sky-high, drafts create that chill that never seems to go away. We love using these Water Sorb socks because:
1) they can be used by doors and windows
2) they do double duty – absorbing water, spills and leaks
We’re also big fans of this Rope Caulk – just peel and press in place, no caulking gun needed.
5) Turn off exterior faucets AND cover them. Most people do remember to turn off the outdoor water supply. However, even a little bit of trapped water can expand and freeze, causing damage. These Faucet Socks provide the protection outdoor faucets need in the off season.
6) Make sure that sump pump is working. You want to check this now, instead of waiting until there is an issue. Take a watering can, fill it with water and start pouring it in the sump pump to see if it comes on. If it doesn’t, call a plumber to fix it before the problem occurs.
7) Get your Winter gear in place. Shovel? Check. Snowbrush? Check. Ever used a Sno-Brum? Hands down, this is one of the best snow clearing devices out there. It cleans your car off in one sweep.
You’ll also want to make sure you have other provisions on hand like ice melt, anti-skid spray, Slip-Grip and even these YakTraks that make walking on icy/slippery surfaces safe. Make this the year you are ready for Winter even before it arrives! A little prep work now will pay off all season and in the Spring. Be prepared, be safe and stay warm!