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October is a largely transitional time of year. Here in the OKC area, temperatures can fluctuate from still feeling like summer to chilly in a day or two. That is why now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the change in season. Here are some essential tasks that all homeowners should try to complete before the arrival of the first frost of the year. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Take Care of Your Pipes
The first frost is an early warning of colder weather, and it poses a potential threat to your pipes if you do not prepare them properly. To prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, insulate exposed water pipes, particularly those in unheated areas like basements, garages, or crawl spaces. Utilize pipe insulation or heat tape for added protection.
Give Attention to Your Heating System
Another annual task is to arrange for a professional inspection of your HVAC system. Professionals will clean or replace filters, check for leaks, and ensure the system is in optimal working condition. This way when it gets cold, your HVAC system will be primed and ready to keep you warm and toasty.
Next, it's important to address gutters. Remove leaves and debris from your gutters and downspouts to prevent the formation of ice dams. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage when ice melts and refreezes.
Drain Outdoor Faucets
Remember to winterize your outdoor water supply. Disconnect and drain garden hoses and shut off outdoor water valves to prevent freezing. If you have a sprinkler system, ensure it's properly winterized.
Prepare the Fireplace and Chimney
If your Justice Home has a fireplace, it is important to have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned and inspected now. If you plan to use your fireplace during the winter, it is also a good idea to stock up on firewood. This preparation ensures it will be ready to keep you warm throughout the fall and winter.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
Lastly, take a moment to reverse the direction of ceiling fans. This creates an upward draft that pushes warm air down from the ceiling.
By taking these precautions before the first frost, residents of Justice Homes can safeguard their property, maintain warmth, and reduce the risk of costly winter-related issues.
By Justice Homes 10-31-2023