Preparing for Winter in Portage County
September has already brought along with it just enough cool weather to remind us of another winter coming. None of us wants to be freezing in knee-deep snow trying to imagine what we forgot to do to keep the heat in and the cold out. And that’s only one element of preparing for winter around the home that we need to remember. A few slightly inconvenient chores now, however, are a far sight better than having to deal with major issues in the midst of the next Northeast Ohio winter.
Probably the most overlooked and yet critical steps in preparing our homes for winter are to run a test on the heating system. Turn the thermostat to the heat position and make sure there is free-flowing air. Check and replace any necessary filters, and that the fuel supply is unobstructed and not leaking. Carbon monoxide readers should be tested for optimal function and all vents should be clear of obstruction.
Another place we sometimes forget that can cause serious energy loss, and that can even pose a real danger, is the chimney and fireplace. Have a professional out to make sure no mortar joints are damaged in the firebrick. Loose or damaged brick and mortar in this area may allow a fire to start in the walls of your home, a disaster we must try to prevent!
Keep in mind also that a great deal of our energy loss, which can represent a major hit to our wallets, are leaky or drafty windows and doors. From winterizing water pipes and reviewing insulation, to inspecting the roof and shutting down the sprinkler system, there’s a great deal to consider. At SERVPRO of Portage County, they specialize in making sure your home is safe and properly prepared for all seasons. They are always available for emergency repairs and clean-up, but specialists are on hand also to come out and review and assist in any preparations that help avoid disaster! Stay warm and dry this winter.