Friday, January 20, 2017

Winter home checklist By Cari Turnbull

Winter is upon us and Mother Nature has been kind to us so far. However, colder and snowier days are sure to be ahead. If you’re like most people, your home is your biggest asset. Here are some tips for protecting your investment in the harsh winter months.

Tune up your heating system:
You should have your furnace cleaned yearly if it is your primary heating source. Call and schedule your yearly maintenance to ensure your system is clean and in good repair, before you find yourself in the cold.

Prevent ice dams:
Last winter was especially harsh and I had many clients who ended up with ice dams. Ice dams are build ups on the edge of the roof and when melting occurs the water comes inside the home, instead of going off the roof. To prevent ice dams you should make sure your attic is properly insulated. You should also use a roof rake to remove snow from the roof so it doesn’t turn to ice and build up on the edges. You can also locate damaged or loose shingles and replace them if possible.
Caulk around windows and doors to keep the elements out and the heat in.

Turn off exterior faucets:
If you don’t have frost proof exterior faucets, turn the water off from inside the home. Remove your hose and drain all of the water. Not doing this could lead to burst pipes.

Clean your chimney:
Call your local chimney sweep and have them come inspect your chimney and clean it out to make sure it is safe.

Check carbon monoxide detectors:
Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and replace the batteries if necessary. We recommend that you have a carbon monoxide detector near the floor on every level of the home.
Stock up on rock salt, shovels and tune up your snow blower and/or schedule your plow service.

Cari Turnbull is a Windham resident. Cari runs one of the top real estate teams in the area, representing buyers and sellers in the Greater Portland Area. For all your real estate needs contact Cari at

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