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Five Tips for Winter Home MaintenanceWant to make sure you spend your holiday season with family and friends and not taking care of home maintenance issues caused by the winter weather? Here are five tips that will help you get the most out of the holiday season and protect your home.

  1. Have your fireplace cleaned. The last thing you want to deal with in the dead of winter is a chimney blocked by debris or creosote. So, have a certified chimney sweep come out to make sure your chimney is safe before the winter season hits.
  2. Protect the flooring by entryways. Snow, salt and sand can have a devastating effect on unprotected flooring. Use floor mats and rugs inside and outside each entrance to your home and, when it’s snowing, provide boot scrapers and brushes.
  3. Check the batteries in all detectors. As you increase the use of stoves and fireplaces in the winter months, it’s especially important to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly.
  4. Stop pipes from freezing. A frozen and burst pipe can cause untold damage on a home. It’s best to insulate all pipes that are near doors or windows, and disconnect any hoses from outside faucets.
  5. Prevent cold air from getting in. There’s nothing worse than a drafty home during a cold winter. Stop cold air from getting in by checking and repairing all caulking and weather stripping before the winter months hit. Here are some additional tips for entertaining during the winter months.

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