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Winter Proof Your Home

It’s November and Michigan already decided it’s the start of winter! It's important to get ahead of the winter weather and make sure your home is ready to handle the cold to come. Here’s how to winter proof your home for the long winter ahead.

Weatherproof your doors and windows

Check your doors and windows closely for gaps and areas that may cause a draft. Use weather-stripping or caulk to seal them up, or consider replacing the windows or doors if the problem is severe enough. Find your resources at hardware stores such as Ace hardware , Lowes , Home Depot, etc.

Check for cracks in your water tank

Another tip is to make sure your hot water tank is crack-free. Chances are if you haven't installed one in 10-15 years, you'll need to replace it.

Clean your dryer hose

Clogged dryer hoses are potentially huge fire hazards, in fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. firefighters respond to approximately 14,630 house fires annually that were caused by dryers. Consumer Reports shares that you can prevent these house fires by cleaning your lint filter, emptying or replacing your dryer hose, and regularly checking the vent and exhaust.

Prevent pipes from freezing

Make sure to always keep your heat on and let your faucets drip to keep the water flowing! It makes it harder for the water to freeze.

Clean out your gutters

Empty the leaves, dirt, and debris helps to decrease the risk of damage to your gutters. The icicles are heavy enough, don’t have a dirty gutter to go along with it!

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