Scott J. Binsack, CEO of Mansions and Estates International Consulting

The summer has come and gone and now, we’re facing the cooler (or downright cold, depending upon where you live) autumn and winter months.

So what do you need to do to prepare your home for the impending chill? Consider these tips from Mansions & Estates International CEO and Founder Scott Binsack.

Drain the Water

Winterize water systems, such as your home’s irrigation system and garden hoses, by draining the water.

If the water were to be left in place, it would expand upon freezing. This can cause damage to piping, hoses and other structures.

Service the Furnace

Get your furnace, boiler or other heating system serviced before you need it.

Many make the mistake of waiting until it’s cold to turn on the heat. But you may be in for a nasty (and cold) surprise if you’ve neglected your heating system in recent years. What’s more, you’re not going to be the only person experiencing a dead heating system, resulting in a situation where you may need to wait your turn for the repairman to arrive.

So make it a point to have your heating system serviced before the chill arrives.

Similarly, if you use your fireplace or have a wood burning stove, remember to hire a chimney sweep as creosote build-up can pose a potentially flammable and deadly problem.

Replace the Weatherstripping

Inspect the weatherstripping on your home’s windows and doors. If necessary, replace it so you can seal out the cold.

A significant amount of heat is lost through these drafts, so you’ll save big on your heating bill.

Clean Out the Gutters

Once all of the leaves have fallen, make it a point to clean out the gutters to ensure proper water flow.

In the absence of proper drainage, your home’s roof could form ice dams and icicles, both of which can pose major problems.

If you’re ready to build a new home or wish to renovate an existing home, turn to building consultant “Scott Binsack” of Mansions & Estates International. Scott will ensure that your build or project goes smoothly. Call 570-259-4315.

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