The recent stretch of bitter-cold weather took many homeowners by surprise and put a halt to preparing their homes for winter.
But now that temperatures are more seasonable again, and the snow is melting, they can get back to those preparations.
Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Springfield says to start with insulation.
“We have window insulation kits and guides that will help you insulate each and every window in your home. And helps keep drafts and things of that nature out of the house,” Mitchell Johnson, assistant manager at Rocky’s Ace Hardware told 22News.
Other important preparations include cleaning out your gutters, stocking up on ice melt pucks to prevent ice dams on your roof, and buying calcium chloride to melt ice on your walkway and driveway.
But watch out, the regular type of salt can damage concrete and is only safe for pavement. And if you have pets, make sure the package says pet safe.
And there is one other aspect of your home that needs to be maintained for at least a little bit of the winter, and that’s your Christmas tree.
“Don’t let it dry out, don’t let the water go through the bottom of the stand. Keeping it out of a sunny window, away from extreme heat like a wood stove,” Dennis Bishop, owner of Hickory Hill Farm told 22News.
In preparation for winter, don’t forget to also check for gaps around your home. Look out for roof leaks, or older tree branches that could easily topple down from the weight of ice and snow.