8 Steps to Winterize Your Home and Commercial Property to Keep it Dry

It is that time of year again. The leaves are turning to magical colors, even in the south which is a very welcome bright spot after the record breaking heat wave. The weather patterns this fall are lining up to be just as bizarre as the summer patterns. Early record snowfall in many parts of the country while others experience some much needed rainfall–just not nearly enough to overcome the extreme droughts across the south.

With the changing weather and fall season in full swing we must remember to prepare not only our bodies for the cold temperatures ahead, but our properties.

Here is a short checklist to get you started preparing your homes and businesses for the winter weather:

1. Make sure all exterior pipes have ample insulation to avoid the unwelcome pipe break
2. Make sure all exterior doors, garages, roll-ups and windows have sufficient weather striping
3. Inspect Backflow systems
4. Clean your chimneys, exhaust systems, etc. so they are free of debris
5. Test your gas lines that might have been dormant through the summer to ensure they are in good working order with no leaks
6. Change out all your filters and have your mechanical systems checked to ensure efficiency
7. Test and change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms
8. Winterize all your outdoor gas powered tools.

Taking steps to minimize your risk of water or fire damage will make going into the holiday season much more enjoyable for you, your families, and your businesses.