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12/31/2020
Are you ready for the winter? Or better, is your house prepared for winter? The cold season can put your home under a lot of stress, so make sure your house is winter-ready. Learn more in this article by Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services.

Preparing for winter entails more than putting up the Christmas tree and the Christmas decorations. Making your house winter-ready means giving it maintenance to ensure it stays safe and protected throughout this cold season. This includes cleaning your gutters, insulating your pipes, and more. If you are interested in learning some simple yet helpful advice on preparing your home for winter, read this article that Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services has for you today.

Clean Your Gutters

When gutters are clogged during winter, the debris can freeze, and snow can get under shingles, causing severe damage to your roof. Ensure your home is protected this winter by taking some time to clean your gutters. Ask someone to help you and some work gloves and a ladder. Remove all leaves and debris by hand or take a leaf blower to speed up the process. Additionally, adjust downspouts so that water can be directed 6 feet from your house. Don’t hesitate to call in a handyman if you need some extra help.

Insulate Pipes

To protect your pipes from the upcoming freeze, make sure they are insulated. If you have exposed pipes in your cellar, buy some foam tubes to protect them. Measure the pipes and buy about 10% more product than what you think you need. It’s best to have some remains of the product than to realize you need to go back to the store to buy more. Doing this process will keep your pipes protected and will save you a lot of trouble.

Keep your home in top shape this winter by speaking to an expert at Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services. If you notice any water or fire damage at home, call 888-436-3499. Learn about the best restoration services in Polk County today!

Inspect Tree Branches

Give all the trees in your property a good check, especially to the ones growing branches over power lines, the garage, house, or driveway. Look for branches with growing mushrooms or dead leaves as these can be signs of a dead limb. Dead branches can easily fall and cause damage to your home, especially in a storm or strong wind. If you need help or assistance with this task, make sure to contact and hire a professional.

Give Your Home’s Heating Maintenance

Having your heating and air systems looked at by a professional is the best way to ensure you have a warm and cozy home all winter long. If you can’t remember the last time you had your heating system maintenance, it’s time to do so. Hire an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) contractor and have them check your heating system and replace the filters. Heating systems last up to 15 years when given proper maintenance. It is recommended to give your systems maintenance at least once a year.

If you notice any fire damage at home, don't hesitate and get in contact with an expert at Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services. For more information and to learn about the best restoration services in Polk County, call 888-436-3499 today!

Check Smoke Detectors

All smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home need to work properly. Therefore, take some time to check your detectors and ensure they have batteries. This is essential as having large quantities of carbon monoxide inside your house can be very detrimental to your family’s health. It is recommended to have smoke detectors in every room and hallway of the house. Give your detectors a good check once every month.

Clean Your Chimney

When was the last time you checked your chimney? Before you build a fire at home, make sure your vents and chimney are in good condition. Neglecting chimney care can cause carbon monoxide to build up and find its way into your home. You also increase the chances of having a chimney fire. Also, don’t forget to order a firewood load and keep it stored and covered in a good location in your yard. The best way to ensure that your chimney is in perfect condition is to have it looked at by a professional.

The best way to ensure that your house is protected is to hire a professional. If you notice any fire or water damage at home, contact an expert at Archer Cleaning & Restoration Services. For more information and to learn about the best restoration services in Polk County, call 888-436-3499.

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