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1. Check Your Roof
In New England, your roof should be checked once or twice a year. Now is a good time to check because any damages you find can be fixed before major snow storms arrive. It is also a good idea to inspect your roof after any extreme storm that may have damaged shingles or the structure of your roof.
2. Avoid Ice Dams
Did you notice icicles on your roof overhang last year? That means your attic is probably not insulated properly. Ice dams can damage your roof and leave water damage on your home’s interior ceiling. Your attic will need additional insulation, sealing, and ventilation. Your home will need an energy assessments to help you determine what your home needs in order to save money on energy bills and avoid dangerous ice dams.
3. Hire a Chimney Sweep
Everyone loves to cozy up to a warm fire on a cold winter’s night! Whether you have a fireplace, wood-burning stove, or pellet stove, you should make sure your unit is cleaned at least once a year. With regular cleanings you will remove creosote build- up and avoid a chimney fire or damage to your chimney.
4. Check Windows and Doors
Drafty windows will make you and your family uncomfortable and drive up your energy bills. If your windows are breezy, leaky, or accumulating condensation – the windows may need to be replaced with new, energy efficient windows.
5. Protect your foundation
Divert water away from your foundation, clean your gutters, and test your sump pump. New England weather is ever-changing and we usually expect lots of freezing and thawing. Diverting water will help prevent damage to your home’s support system and avoid leaning walls and cracks. You should also be sure to clean your gutters regularly. Gutters that are full of leaves can damage your roof, siding and trim, and ultimately – your foundation. Finally, check your sump pump using your owner’s manual to be prepared for wet weather.