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Winterize Your Home – A Checklist for Ozark Homeowners


Winterize Your Home – A Checklist for Ozark Homeowners

You may not be ready to say goodbye to summer but fall and winter are on their way! Depending on where you live, this can mean everything from moderate temperature to blizzards. For us in the Ozarks, the changing seasons can be beautiful but also tough with snowstorms, ice and rain. This can be hard on homes, and homeowners, if you’re not well prepared. We created this checklist to help you get your home ready for the harsh Ozark winter, reduce your heating bills and protect your home from the elements. So grab a pen and paper and start making your fall to-do list. Outside your home 1. Drain your outdoor faucets before the first freeze. The same goes for hoses. You can also install insulated covers over spigots for extra protection. If you’re not sure how to do it, this video can help. 2. Clean out your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are free of debris before the rains come. You also want to make sure usher water safely away from your foundation. 3. Walk around your home and inspect your basement for cracks and other issues that may allow water to seep from outside into your home. If you see anything suspect, call a professional to take a closer look. 4. Survey your home’s landscaping for trees that have dead or damaged branches. You’ll want to proactively remove these because snow, ice or winds can cause them to break off and cause larger damage! 5. If you have patio furniture or other outdoor items that need protection, now is the time. Cover them with protective covers or store them for the winter. 6. Clean, oil and store your yard tools in an area that’s well protected from the elements. For your lawnmower and other powered equipment, always make sure you follow the manufacturer guidelines before storing. Inside your home 1. If you’ve not had your heating system maintained by a professional, now is the time! They can inspect your system and make sure you’re ready for the coming cold weather. 2. If you use a fireplace, even part of the time, you should carefully check it inside and out, from the firebox through the cap. It’s a good idea to have a professional inspection completed to avoid fire hazards. 3. Install weather-stripping around windows and doors to help keep cold air out. You can also switch to heavier drapes to block the cold more efficiently, especially if you have older windows. 4. Check your carbon monoxide monitors, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. You’ll want to change every battery as well. Remember, heating season is also house fire season, but you can take steps to keep your family safe. 5. Examine any exposed ductwork for leaks, especially if your home is older or your heating and cooling system seems noisy. Lots of warm air escapes through poorly insulated ducts and seams, leading to high bills and cold houses! If you’re not sure how, you’ll want to call in a professional. Your house may have additional needs, like a deck that winterized or landscaping that needs special care. And while it might seem like a lot of work, the time and effort you put in now can really pay when the cold weather comes! If you need help with your heating system, or find yourself in a heating emergency, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (417) 831-5344 or send us a message and we’ll get back with you ASAP.


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