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Winter Ready: A Guide to Weatherproofing Your Home with Kensington's Top Tips for Snow Season

Snow is coming right around the corner! We here as Kensington are more than happy to serve you in all your weatherproofing and winter repair needs! When you look at that weather forecast, take a moment and think of your home. Is it ready to withstand the snow? What about the electric bill? Here’s a checklist of things we recommend you consider for the season:

  1. Clean and Repair Gutters: Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Check for leaks and ensure they're securely attached to the house.
  2. Weatherproof Windows and Doors: Seal any gaps or cracks around windows and doors to prevent cold drafts. Install weather stripping or caulking where necessary.
  3. Insulate Pipes: Insulate exposed pipes, especially those in unheated areas like basements or attics, to prevent freezing and bursting.
  4. Check and Strengthen Decking: Inspect decks for loose boards or structural weaknesses. Reinforce as necessary to support the weight of snow and ice.
  5. Secure Loose Siding: Tighten any loose siding to prevent wind and moisture from penetrating the home's exterior.
  6. Install Storm Doors and Windows: Replace screens with storm doors and windows for added insulation and protection against harsh weather.
  7. Prepare or Install Snow Fencing: Set up snow fences around the property to control snow drifting, particularly near driveways and walkways.
  8. Inspect and Repair Chimneys: Ensure that chimneys are structurally sound and clear of any obstructions.
  9. Adjust Exterior Lighting: Ensure all outdoor lighting is working properly for safety during shorter daylight hours.
  10. Prepare Emergency Access: Clear and mark paths for emergency exits, considering possible snow accumulation.
  11. Final Walkthrough: Conduct a thorough inspection of the property to identify any other potential issues that could be exacerbated by snowy conditions.