What are some tips for prepping my home for winter? Thanks!
- * Check outlets for loose plugs, which can overheat and cause a fire.
- * If you are frequently resetting circuit breakers, have the circuit inspected by a professional.
- * Make sure electrical cords are in good condition. Never use tape to fix a damaged electrical cord; instead, you need to replace it.
- * Don’t overuse extension cords as they were never meant to be a permanent solution. If you have one or more in continuous use, now’s the perfect time to have more outlets installed.
* Check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. These are very important detectors to have in a home. A smoke alarm can save lives in a house fire. A carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if a home has oil or gas-burning appliances, like a furnace or water heater.
* Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
* Check your outside pipes - Before the weather gets too crazy outside, take a little time to check your outside pipes for any leaks or drips. Disconnect and drain those exterior hoses and store them in a safe area away from freezing temperatures. If hoses are left on, you run the risk of them freezing and expanding, which in turn can lead to damaged interior pipes. You should also add a frost protector to any outdoor fixtures following that.
- * Garbage Disposals - With all those big holiday meals, our garbage disposals get a lot of extra use throughout the season. No one wants to end up with a clogged sink due to a poorly functioning garbage disposal. Do yourself a favor this season and get a professional to inspect your system sooner than later. This will also allow you to perform upgrades if necessary before the family arrives!