Winter Weather Preparations

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Winter is just around the corner (hard to believe, we know), but we were finally able to break out those warm winter clothes this past week as temperatures dropped into the low forties and high thirties.

It won’t long before we start seeing freezing temperatures, and that means only one thing for your home: trouble. Fear not though, Rhino Shield is here to help! Here are five easy steps you can take to prepare your home for the winter weather, protecting it from natural elements that can harm your most prized possession during the upcoming season.

  1. Seal Window Gaps- If the gaps between your window frames are larger than the width of a nickle, it’s a good idea to seal them with caulk. Silicone caulk works best, as it won’t shrink and can withstand the harsh elements of the outdoors.
  2. Turn Off Outside Water Sources- This will help prevent undrained water in pipes from freezing, bursting, and flooding your home. Water damage can be an absolute nightmare. Make sure to disconnect all water hoses and other exterior water sources, and drain them before it’s too late.
  3. Sweep Out Chimneys-Many times, during the summer months, insects, birds, and even squirrels manage to find a way into your chimney. It’s important to have it clean and swept to prevent fires as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.
  4. Inspect Downspouts, Gutters, and Roofs- Making sure your shingles are in good condition before the winter season can help prevent any leaks that may occur as moisture and frigid temperatures mix during the winter season.
  5. Check Foundation- It’s important to double check your foundation along with your windows, for any cracks or entry points that small animals can wiggle their way into, because if they’re big enough for animals to get in, they’re definitely big enough for water to seep through.

We know it’s easy to forget some of the things as the winter months roll in. Between work, getting the kids off to school, and Christmas shopping, it’s easy for your home to get overlooked. This year though, make sure your home is at the top of your priority list, because if you take care of it, it will take care of you!

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