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OCTOBER 2015 (630) 655-2410
How to Get Your Home Ready for the Deep Freeze

Chicago winters have been no picnic lately. Take steps now to help make sure your home survives the winter and avoid hefty weather-related insurance claims.

Here is a checklist of 15 key winterizing items:
  1. Have a reputable HVAC specialist inspect your furnace.
  2. Clean gutters to avoid water and ice backups that can damage your roof.
  3. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  4. Flush your water heater to remove sediment buildup.
  5. Cover or insulate outdoor plumbing and indoor plumbing on exterior walls, to avoid freezes and broken pipes.
  6. Disconnect outdoor hoses.
  7. To respond to a burst pipe, make sure you know how to shut off water valves.
  8. Fix porches, railings, stairways and walks to prevent trips and falls.
  9. Reverse the direction of ceiling fans to push warm air down.
  10. Check outdoor lighting connections for safety issues.
  11. Have your electricity checked if you detect any flickering or dimming.
  12. Add extra insulation to your attic to prevent snow and ice from melting and refreezing on your roof, which can cause ice dams and interior water damage.
  13. Have your metal or masonry chimney inspected, cleaned and if necessary, repaired. Your chimney should be inspected annually, and autumn is the best time to schedule the work.
  14. Stock up on wood for your fireplace. Besides being a pleasant part of winter, a wood-burning fire will keep you warm in the event of a power outage.
  15. Stock up on environmentally safe rock salt to melt ice on walkways and the driveway: If you wait until the storm hits, you’ll pay more and may have trouble finding it.
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