This is not a blog post about the incredible show, Game of Thrones (GOT)!  Instead, we’re going to talk about how to prepare your home for the (not so harsh) winter here in Northwest Georgia.  I know…much more exciting, right?

So, most homeowners are aware that there are certain things you need to do to prepare your home for winter.  For the homeowners that aren’t aware of this, you are either a new homeowner or you’ve been extremely lucky up to this point not to have experienced a burst pipe!  Hopefully this blog will give you enough insight to avert a future plumbing disaster while making your home safe and more efficient.

Winterize Outdoor Faucets

The first thing you should do is run down to your friendly hardware or retail store and purchase “Faucet Covers”.  These are Styrofoam insulated covers that attach to your outdoor spigots.  Once you get home follow these steps to winterize your outdoor faucets.

  1. Find the water shut off valves to your outdoor spigots (they’ll be inside somewhere on the plumbing line leading outside).
  2. Once you’ve shut off the valves, go outside and open the spigot valve to drain out remaining water in the line…leave the valve open.
  3. Install the faucet covers you purchased from your favorite retailer.
  4. Make sure you know how to shut off the main water line coming into your home…this could help you avert a major disaster (indoor flood) down the road if you ever have a leaking pipe!

Keep your family safe…use Carbon Monoxide Detectors!

During the winter, while running heating systems and utilizing fireplaces, excess amounts of carbon monoxide can be present.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and colorless POISONOUS gas!  Be safe and pickup one of these inexpensive detectors while purchasing your faucet covers.

Keep your home warm, cozy and more energy efficient

There are also a few things you can do to keep your home warmer and possibly save a few dollars too.  Consider the following items for ways to save money while keeping your home warm and cozy!

  1. Have your heating system serviced by a licensed HVAC company (Cobb, Paulding, Bartow and Cherokee counties have plenty of options, but do your homework and check reviews as always before choosing a contractor to enter your home).
  2. Add or replace damaged weather stripping around doors and windows.
  3. Seal any exterior cracks in foundation/exterior walls to prevent the loss or intrusion of warm/cold air.

The Destination Home Real Estate Team hopes that these tips will be useful for you. If you have questions or would like to comment on this blog, please feel free. Thanks for reading!

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