Home, home for the winter... By Melissa Esham 11/14/2014 Time to Winterize the House Winter is upon us and with it comes the chance for severe weather that can cause havoc on your home’s exterior and introduce other property damage risks. Use the following tips to ensure your home gets through the winter season unscathed: Keeps the roof clean, including the gutters. Built-up clumps of leaves can block water from flowing through the gutters. Consider trimming tree branches that extend over the house to minimize the collection of branches and leaves on the roof. Make sure the attic is insulated to prevent ice dams, which can occur when snow melts and then refreezes on a roof due to poor attic insulation. Remove snow from the edges of the roof to further prevent ice dams. Have a professional perform an inspection on the furnace before it is used constantly throughout the day. Don’t forget to change the filter! It should be changed monthly, or as needed, during the winter. Insulate water pipes to prevent frozen pipes from bursting. Add caulk to drafty windows, and consider purchasing a plastic window insulator kit to prevent further draftiness. Have the chimney cleaned to decrease the fire risk. You should also clean wood stoves for this reason. Thanks for reading. What is your least favorite home winterizing process & how do you get the job done? Please share in our comment section below.