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  • Writer's pictureDaniel White

Winterize Your Home in 10 Steps

Protecting your home this winter is almost as important as keeping the people inside it safe the entire holiday season. As the weather turns colder here in Lexington, now is the time to get your home ready for the winter season and protect it from the damages of freezing temperatures.

Whether you’re going to DIY your winterization project or hire a professional handyman service, taking preventative steps before winter hits hard can save you significant money, time, and headaches down the road.

Our experienced technicians recommend following this 10-step checklist to help ensure your winterization job gets done thoroughly and correctly:

  1. Drain the water heater. Draining the water heater prevents damage from freezing and bursting in cold weather.

  2. Check the attic and crawl space insulation. Checking insulation levels ensures optimal warmth retention during cold months. Adding insulation improves efficiency.

  3. Inspect weather stripping around doors and windows. Faulty weather stripping allows cold air and drafts to penetrate the home, leading to high heating bills. Proper sealing keeps warm air inside.

  4. Clean out the gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams and water damage. Proper drainage prevents flooding and moisture issues.

  5. Check downspouts and storm drainage. Assessing drainage prevents flooding from snowmelt and rain. Proper drainage channels water away from the home's foundation.

  6. Drain outside hoses. Draining hoses prevents freezing and bursting of the hose and connected pipes.

  7. Cover/insulate outdoor faucets. Insulating exposed faucets prevents freezing and pipe bursts.

  8. Check for drafts and pressure test for efficiency. Draft checks improve home efficiency and reduce wasted energy and heating costs.

  9. Inspect chimneys and flues. Checking chimneys and flues prevents dangerous back-drafting of gasses into the home.

  10. Insulate water pipes. Insulating pipes prevents freezing and bursting leading to water damage or loss of water service.

Remember, winterization isn’t the kind of project you can put off. With the winter freeze right around the corner, you deserve to have peace of mind that your home and your loved ones will be safe all season long.

With the right tools, time, and know-how, you can follow these 10 steps to have your home ready for winter on your own.

And if you want to ensure the work is done thoroughly and efficiently, our experienced technicians are just a phone call away — ready to keep your home safe against old man winter's wrath.

Protect your biggest investment this winter. Schedule your in-home assessment today.

Call 859-788-0512 or visit

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