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Winter is just around the corner – how’s your house?

October 8, 2012

Cindy Donaldson, Director of Marketing & Sales – Founders Insurance Group

For those of you living in New England you know that 2011 was one heck of a year for us, especially when you are talking snow. Many of my neighbors, co-workers and family were quite happy that 2012 was a tad tamer. The only ones pouting were the skiers!

Who knows what this winter will bring, but let’s all be girl scouts & boy scouts and get prepared!

Here are a few tips to get ready for that cooler weather. If you are a first time homeowner, keep this list handy!

  • Oil burning furnace
    – have it cleaned and checked out by your local oil provider or HVAC contractor. Not only will a dirty furnace be less efficient, but it could be dangerous! Remember to change your filters monthly.
  • Fireplace – get your chimney cleaned by a professional and make sure they inspect it for any cracks, damages and yes animals living in there! Also remember to burn the right kind of wood – those such as pine leave a lot of residue and can be a fire hazard! NEVER leave a fire burning unattended or put hot ashes in something that can cause a fire hazard.
  • Windows & Doors
    – check them for leaks and cracks. Replace weather stripping if needed. You surely don’t want to pay to heat your house and have that warm air go right outside!
  • Roofs, Gutters & Downspouts
    – Inspect them and clean them of any debris. Make sure you have proper insulation in your attic this will help alleviate ice dams when the weather gets cold!
  • Foundations – Make sure that you cover small holes that rodents and small animals can get into.
  • Smoke and CO2 Detectors
    – change the batteries and test them
  • Plumbing – Drain all garden hoses, air conditioner pipes and if you go on vacation make sure your heat is set at 55 to avoid any burst pipes while you are away!
  • Landscaping – make sure all your trees are trimmed. New Englanders don’t need to be reminded what an ice storm can do to tree limbs!
  • Be Prepared
    – do you have an emergency kit? Batteries, Water, Blankets, First Aid, candles & matches?

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather, bake a few apple pies and carve some pumpkins. The snow will be flying before you know it!

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