Winter is approaching, and Classic Homes would like to help you ensure that your home survives the harsh winter months.

 

Treating Ice
Protect your driveway, stoop and lead walk from winter damage.
  • Use of salt or chemical de-icers will damage concrete or asphalt.
  • We recommend using fresh sand or kitty litter instead.
  • Once the ice and snow has passed, it’s best to hose down your driveway and your vehicles of heavy salt de-icers from the roads.

 

Hose Bibs
Prevent problems caused by frozen external pipes.
  • Turn off the water to all outside hose bibs at the interior shut-off valve.
  • Drain remaining water to prevent it from freezing.
  • Disconnect all hoses.

 

Heat
Prevent problems caused by frozen internal pipes.
  • Always leave the heat on in your home in the winter, even if you plan to be away for weeks at a time.
  • Heat the entire home. Even that room in the far corner that no one uses.
  • Replace filters in the furnace and humidifier (if applicable).
  • Ensure that the condensation line is clear and draining properly.
  • Clear debris from around outdoor HVAC units.

 

Fireplace
If your home has a wood burning fireplace, be sure it’s ready before using it.
  • Clean and inspect the fire box and chimney.
  • Check that the screen and air intake/outakes are clear.

 

Sump Pump
To prevent possible water damage, be sure your sump pump is working properly.
  • Ensure sump pump is operating correctly.
  • Check drainage lines for obstructions.

 

Gutters and Downspouts
Frozen gutters and downspouts can cause more serious problems than you might expect, including roof damage, leading to leaks into your home.
  • Clear gutters, downspouts and ice dams before the winter weather sets in.

 

Like a car, your home needs regular maintenance and occasional tune-ups to stay in great shape. As the seasons change there are different tasks to complete to ensure your home remains in top condition.

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