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Three Basement Preparation Tips Before Winter

Whether you just moved into your home or have simply lapsed in your annual care, preparing your home for winter is essential before the temperature drops too far. The basement is a great place to start, not only because it houses your homes furnace and ducts, but also because it’s often the least visited area of the house (other than the attic). Out of sight, out of mind can only spell trouble this winter, which is why following these basement preparation tips can help you enormously in the coming months.

Get Your Heating System Tuned Up

More often than not, a heating system inspection will cost just under $100, but affords much more peace of mind than that. Calling a specialist to your home in November versus, say, late December, helps avoid significant delays and keeps you from sleeping in the cold. Also, documenting these visits by certified technicians can help boost your home’s value if you choose to resell by providing pinpoint days of maintenance and upkeep. Including a careful review of your heating system in your basement preparation is a crucial component of staying warm this winter.

Prepare Your Underground Plumbing

Whether it’s your sump pump or that half bathroom you barely use, finding out the status of your underground/basement plumbing before the cold (and snow) can be extremely helpful to avoiding catastrophe. Oftentimes, your less used/afterthought bathroom will have much less insulation than the upstairs bathrooms, which can be a problem if the piping is along exterior walls that pose a freeze risk. Leave any sink cabinet open that provides access to these pipes so that your regular basement heat can reach these pipes.

Note: Don’t limit your basement preparation to the bathroom, though, as you should check any pipes that may be at risk to freezing, wherever they may be.

Check Your Winter Supplies

When Mother Nature brings 13 inches to your doorstep, you may not want to step out for winter supplies. Beyond a variety of emergency supplies (case of bottled water, canned foods) or blankets in the event the power goes out, consider stocking up on back-up supplies like a shovel and boots to help you dig your way out when you’re snowed in. All too often, people leave these items in the garage, which is of no help when the garage is not connected to their home. While you’re down there, consider storing your summer clothes, as well.

Winter comes with all types of challenges, both in our daily commutes, as well as during our time at home. Though stocking up on space heaters and other ‘keep warm’ items can be helpful, there are some definite maintenance items to jump on before fall wraps up. Through proper safeguarding and preparation, with these basement preparation tips and commonsense, you can prevent winter getting an upper hand on you and your home.

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