Winterizing Your Home to Prevent Costly Repairs



The reality is winter in this area is here.  Some may like all the prospects winter brings with it like skiing at the mountain in Bristol or ice fishing, sledding or skating on Conesus Lake.  Others cringe at the thought of cleaning snow from cars, driving on salted roads and cranking up the heat just to stay warm.  One thing we can all agree on is that winterizing your home is an important necessity this time of year in all areas.

Whether is a mild winter or a cold harsh one, not winterizing your home places it in danger of a variety of consequences. 

Inspecting your roof can bring "peace of mind."  Whether you do this yourself or hire a professional, you should check for loose shingles, loose flashing and cracks near roof vents. Ensuring that your roof is in good condition is one of the most important steps to successfully winterize your home.


Ice dams can create a list of problems all on their own.  Damage to gutters, damage to the walls and ceilings, and even mold can occur. surface. The main cause of ice dams is poor ventilation. Make sure your attic is well ventilated and insulated to prevent these from occurring.  Using a roof rake to remove snow from the roof, can also help to prevent ice dams.

Clean your gutters.  Leaf build up can prevent water from flowing properly from your gutters, causing ice build up.  Once ice build up occurs, the likely hood of water getting into your home is high.  We recommend a good cleaning at least once a year.

Clean your chimney.  Chimney fires occur when there is a build up of creosote in the chimney.  Hire a professional to look for deficiencies and keep your family safe during the winter months.

Cover the top of your Central Air Unit.  This will prevent debris such as icicles, leaves and sticks from entering your unit and damaging it.


Check for drafts around windows and doors inside your home. You should also inspect plumbing vents, furnace vents, knee walls and your attic.  Installing whether stripping in areas of concern can save you hundred of extra dollars on your utility bills. 

Have a proper furnace inspection done.  The cost is minimal compared to the problems that this will prevent in the future. Also replace your air filters regularly.  This is a simple and easy process that can be done on your own.

Following these simple steps can prevent costly problems from occurring down the road. For more information on winterizing your home or for a list of homes in the area, contact Dawn Lopresto at (585) 794-6887. 


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