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Peak Tips: Preparing for the Season

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Well, its that time of year again, folks! The weather is cooling off (for some of us), the leaves have turned and old man winter is gearing up. Don’t be left in the cold this winter! Look over our tips to help you keep your home running at peak efficiency this winter!

Make sure to seal those gaps!

Unwanted gaps between doors and windows account for significant heat loss during the winter months. If you find you have multiple or large gaps between window frames and or exterior doors, seal with a quality caulking.

Mind the Draft!

Drafty windows can be caused by many things, but often stems from poor window seals or single pane glass. If window replacement is not in the budget, consider a much cheaper option, such as our extensive line of Cellular Shades. Not only do Cellular shades look great, but they offer very good insulation, and options for privacy and light control. See more information here.

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Keep your head above water!

Water is one of the biggest threats to your home, more so during freezing temperatures, so make sure water has a place to go.

  • Keep gutters clean and clear, free from old leaves, pine needles, etc. If you have not already cleaned your gutters during the summer or fall months, inspecting them while hanging holiday decorations is a great idea.
  • Heavy spring snows come with LOTS of water run off,  so make sure your downspouts move water effectively away from the foundation of your house.  Stagnant water sitting on your homes foundation is trouble in waiting, and can cause lots of problems, including siding rot, water intrusion and even foundation cracking. Prevent the issue in the first place and make sure your downspouts are clean and clear of debris. Adding spout extensions are a solution for downspouts that allow water to exit too close to the foundation walls.
  • Water left in underground sprinkler lines and back flow prevention devices can freeze and cause issues come spring. If you have your sprinkler system “Blown Out” professionally each year, you will not have to worry about it when the weather warms up.
  • Just like with underground sprinkler systems, above ground hoses and fittings should be disconnected from your exterior faucet to prevent system damage. Water expands when it freezes and can crack brass and plastic fittings if left attached in freezing temps.

Remember…

Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Salt (ICE Melt) breaks down concrete and brick.  If you have to use it, use as sparingly as possible or look for concrete safe alternatives.

Snow removal can be hard work! Drink plenty of water and remember, don’t over do it!

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