Five Ways to Prepare Your Mountain Home for Winter
It is finally fall here in the valley! The leaves are changing colors and the air is getting colder day by day. As we approach high season in Vail, it is important to know how to protect your home from the harsh realities of winter and keep costs low! Active Home Watch has put together five easy steps you can take to keep your home, and wallet, safe this winter.
Get Your Heating System Tuned Up
There is nothing worse than a broken heater on a cold winter day. Save money by getting your furnace inspected before the snow begins to fall. By making sure that everything is in tip-top shape, you save yourself a long cold wait and a hefty fee in the dead of winter.
Check Your Roof and Attic for Potential Damage
Another money-saver for the future, making sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks in your home can save you from a disaster later in the season. No one wants to wake up to a flooded house. Repairing any air leaks or gaps in insulation will save you big bucks.
Clean Your Gutters
Full gutters can cause snow and ice to damage the gutters and your roof as well as lead to leaks and ice dams. Cleaning out gutters can also reassure you that there are no missing or damaged gutters to fix.
Turn Off Outdoor Faucets
Frozen pipes are a mess. They cause pipes to burst, causing a massive mess in your home. Turn off any outdoor hoses or the shutoff valve inside your home. If you have lawn sprinklers, make sure those are drained and disabled as well.
Get Your Chimney Swept
As we all know, winter evenings call for cozy moments in front of the fireplace. A problem you don’t want to run into is a chimney fire. Also, any appliances that burn gas or oil should also be checked to make sure they are clean and in working order.
These precautions are easy ways to make sure your home is safe and sound this winter. Avoid large fees from subcontractors and long waits for service by checking everything before the first sign of snow.