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5 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Winter



Winter has already arrived folks! Before we dive into the article’s content, let me go ahead and wish you all a happy new year! I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and are all set to begin the new year.

Coming straight to the topic at hand, as I’m pretty sure we all know, things got cold around here in White Rock. And I mean, cold cold. As we got to the end of the year, beautiful White Rock turned into a winter wonderland. While it makes for a stunning view, it’s only fun when we are all well prepared.

Once the cold gets inside your walls, you can kiss your comfort goodbye. I know we’re all experiencing some of it already, but it may only going to get colder as we move into January. Our beautiful city gets its highest amount of snow this month, and it’s best if we’re prepared for the chills that come along with it.

So without further ado, here is a quick list that will show you how to get your house ready for winter:

Inspect Your Heating System

A good place to begin is by getting your heating system and/or furnace checked by a qualified technician. You’re going to want to ensure that it is well maintained and functioning as required for those cold wintery nights.

We have HVAC guys who can help with that.


Clean Out Your Chimneys

This one goes together with the first tip. If you have a wood-burning fireplace you need to make sure that your chimney has proper ventilation and isn’t clogged up or dirty. It would be nice to pay extra attention to this point because clogged or blocked chimneys can lead to harmful chimney fires, and none of us wants that!

If the fire isn’t scary as it is, a clogged flue liner can lead to the fumes getting released into the chimney cavity, which may cause carbon monoxide poisoning.


Check Your Plumbing and Faucets

Next, you’ll want to call us to check for any leaks or issues with your plumbing. Pipes can expand and burst during the winter, so it’s best to make sure that they’re kept at a stable temperature. For this, you can make use of some heat tape.

Carrying over the same principle, you have your faucets and sprinklers outdoors, which can also burst or get damaged during the winter months. We recommend draining them out and cutting off their water supply.


Seal Openings/Cracks and Caulk Windows

Time to bring out that old magnifying glass and use it to look for any openings or cracks that might allow cold air to get inside your house. These openings or cracks are usually found around windows, doors, joints in walls, and the areas where the floor meets the door or wall.

You’re going to have to caulk these cracks. Caulk is a cheap sealant that you can use to seal and weather-proof your house to protect it from the harsh cold air.

This also goes for your roof. Get up there and examine your roof (or call us) for any damages that can be fixed before it’s too late.


Add Extra Insulation

Once your windows and roof are properly sealed, you might want to look into adding some extra insulation. Insulating your home is a great way to keep heat trapped inside and reduce heating costs at the same time!.


With winter coming into full swing, I thought I should send out this short checklist to help you stay nice and warm inside. Hopefully, you’ve found some practical ideas here that you can use to get your house ready for winter! Feel free to share this list with anyone that could use it.


As always, I am here to answer your questions. Contact me anytime al@sutton.com


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