Six ways you can prep your home for winter

Ready or not, cold weather is right around the corner. Getting out your hats, gloves and the rest of your winter wardrobe? Make sure your home is prepared for the cold, too.

Here are some easy ways you can prep your home for the winter weather to come.

  1. Trim the trees and bushes around your house. Remove dead branches so they don’t damage your home under the weight of snow or ice.
  2. Clean out your gutters. Keeping gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris helps snow drain properly.
  3. Check your smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they’re working properly and replace batteries as needed. Don’t have a smoke detector in your home? The American Red Cross installs free smoke detectors with the help of Citizens Energy Group and other partners.
  4. Inspect your home for exposed or vulnerable piping. If you notice any exposed piping, wrap it with insulation. Most hardware stores usually carry foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves for pipes.
  5. Check for leaks and drafts. Inspect the windows, vents, fans, plumbing areas, air conditioners, mail chutes, electrical and gas lines of your home. You might be able to temporarily seal some leaks yourself but consult an expert if you aren’t sure how to permanently fix the problem.
  6. Keep a snow shovel and roof rake handy. Even if there aren’t any blizzards or severe snowstorms over the course of the winter, you’ll need to keep your driveway and roof clear of snow.

Does your home need more than these basic preparations to be winter weather ready?

If your home needs extensive repairs, INHP can help. We provide affordable loans to fix your home. Visit INHP.org/make-home-repairs for more information or call 317-610-4663.