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10 Tips to Winterize your Columbia River Gorge Home!

Updated: May 3

As the temperatures drop, it’s time to give your home some extra attention. Consider these maintenance and end-of-season tasks that will help you winterize your home and protect your property.

1️ Check the Gutters: Clear the leaves and debris to prevent ice dams.

2 Protect the Pipes: Prevent freezing by insulating exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas.

3 Seal the Cracks: Check windows and doors for gaps and use weatherstripping or caulk to seal them.

4 Stop the Slips, Trips and Falls: Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow and repair any issues with steps and handrails.

5 Heating Check: Have your furnace serviced to ensure it’s running efficiently. Make sure to check your fireplace; make sure the damper is working and get your chimney cleaned if needed.

6 Test your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Residential fires are more common in the winter, so it’s important that all your smoke detectors are working properly.

7 Clear the Yard: trim the trees and remove dead branches and debris from your yard.

8 House the Hose: Remove all garden hoses that are attached to the house, drain and store them. Shut off the valves and insulate the faucets.

If you are heading South for the winter, turn off the water and consider having the plumbing system drained to keep the pipes from freezing. Consider having a friend or neighbor check on your home regularly while you’re gone. If a problem is detected, act quickly to minimize potential damage to your property.

9 Inspect the Roof and Check the Insulation: Check the rook for loose or damaged shingles to prevent leaks. Make sure your attic is properly insulated and well-ventilated and about 10 degrees warmer than the temperature outside.

10 Stock the Winter Essentials: Get your winter essentials ready before you need them. Have shovels, salt and emergency supplies ready.

Most home insurance policies cover damage due to extreme winter weather, but make sure you speak with your insurance agent to answer any questions you have about your specific policy.

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