Winter Home Maintenance Tips
* Clean your chimneys annually. Over 15,000 chimney fires occur every year.
* Have your furnace serviced every year., Not only does this prolong its life, it helps reduce your heating costs and prevents "puff backs".
*To prevent frozen pipes, keep your thermostat above 60 degrees.
*When out of town, have some one you trust check on your house daily.
*Clean gutters & down spouts after each fall. This will assist in preventing "ice dams". Also make sure attics are properly vented.
*Know where the house's main water shut off valve is.
*Space heaters should only be used while supervised. Use only in well ventilated areas. Keep drapes and other flammable materials away.
* Turn off & drain exterior faucets and hoses. Irrigation systems should be winterized to prevent freezing.
* Install Low Temperature Sensors that will notify your alarm company if interior temperatures fall bellow freezing.
*Consider an Electrical Power Back-up Generator.
*Test & replace the batteries on any battery-operated alarms (smoke, carbon monoxide, etc)
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