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    Winter is Here

    Protect Your Home From The Cold Winter Weather

    Temperatures are low and winter is here. Though every season comes with its fair share of frustrations, the winter is definitely the worst for your home. Luckily, there are easy ways to prevent property damage, even in the biggest of blizzards. Here are some tips to keep your home warm and cozy this winter.

    1. Protect Your Pipes

    During the winter, outside water can freeze and burst exterior pipes. Take precautions to prevent frozen pipes by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining any water left in outdoor spigots. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, drain it as well. If temperatures will drop below freezing overnight, leave exterior faucets trickling to avoid the pressure buildup that causes burst pipes. You can also avoid frozen and burst pipes inside your house by insulating your home and pipes.

    2. Trim Tree Branches

    It doesn’t take much for that brittle branch looming over your roof to come crashing down onto your house—and the bigger the branch, the more expensive the repairs. If you want to avoid a costly repair situation, then it’s best to trim off any dead tree branches surrounding your house before the heavy snow and ice hits, making them less likely to cause damage to your home—or harm you when you’re outside.

    3. Keep The Heat On

    In the dead of winter, don’t turn off the heat when you leave the house for the day. You might not be at home to enjoy the warmth of your thermostat, but turning down the heat could leave your pipes vulnerable to freezing and bursting.

     

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