26 Sep 5 Easy Hacks to Winterize Your Ann Arbor Area Home
September is almost gone, which means colder temperatures will be moving our way before we know it. As trusted home service providers, Haley Mechanical wants to help ensure homeowners in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, and other cities in SE Michigan have properly prepared your homes for the coming winter season.
Here are 5 easy things you can do to make sure your home is prepared:
- Have any trees or branches near your home trimmed. Trees are beautiful, but they can also be a hazard to your home and your family’s safety when large branches or trees are too near your home. Heavy snow or ice, strong winds – all of these things can increase the odds of a limb or entire tree falling on your home. Have a licensed and insured professional trim away trees or limbs that may put your home in potential danger. And don’t neglect trees or limbs that could possibly fall on utility lines as well!
- Clean out the gutters. In winter months, clogged gutters can result in roof damage due to ice dams that may form because there is no place for the water to go. When ice melts and tries to drain off the roof, clogged gutters may force it to go under the shingles instead. This can result in leaks inside your home. Try to clear the gutters with tools available on the market that make it possible to complete the job from the ground – avoid climbing ladders in snow and/or icy weather!
- Have a licensed plumber inspect your sump pump system. No one wants a flooded basement in winter months, and your sump pump is the last line of defense. A professional will inspect your pump to ensure it is operating properly, check the operation of all components, and determine it the pump is up to the task.
- Make sure your heating system is in top-notch shape before winter strikes. Your heating system keeps your home warm and your family comfortable, so it’s essential it is in proper working order. Make an appointment to have your licensed and insured HVAC technician come in to do a full inspection of your heating system, whether it is a boiler or furnace. Also be sure to have your fuel piping and chimney checked if applicable.
- Have a plan of action should you be without power for a lengthy time period. When the power is out for a few hours, it doesn’t really affect your life. However, long power outages and be extremely inconvenient, even causing you to lose food in the refrigerator or deep freeze to spoilage. A good backup plan includes a whole house generator that is powered by propane or natural gas, and comes on automatically when the power goes out. These generators can power your electronics, heating system, sump pump, and other important systems operating whether the power outage lasts for a few hours, or several days. Also be sure to have all the essentials gathered in one place should you need them such as flashlights, batteries, candles, etc.
At Haley Mechanical, our goal is to help you remain safe and operational regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way this winter. Need your heating system inspected, or considering a standby generator? Call us today, and we’ll help you get your home in order for the upcoming winter season.