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Get your home winter ready!

November 13, 2015

Fall weather in Tennessee brings some of the brightest, crisp days followed by below freezing temperatures when the sun goes down.  It’s important to protect your home during these cold nights.  Here are a few tips on how to get your home ready for sub-freezing nights:

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Windows and Doors

Check the weather-stripping around your windows and doors for cracks or damage that can let heat escape from you home.  If you have wooden window frames, check for signs of rot or decay.  Pay attention to areas of your home where you feel a draft, you may need to add some extra caulking or consider getting your windows inspected by a professional.

Protect your plants

Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your garden.  Bring plants indoors if at all possible when temperatures plummet.  Cover other outdoor plants with sheets or blankets to hold in heat from the soil to protect your plants from damage.  Be sure to uncover your plants when temperatures rise above freezing in the morning.

Plumbing

Now is the time to inspect your plumbing for leaks and start prepping for those hard winter freezes.  Finding leaks and getting them repaired now can save you a lot of trouble down the road when temperatures can stay below freezing for days.  Be sure to wrap any pipes that are exposed to the elements with extra insulation to help protect against frozen pipes that can burst.

Gutters

If you’re like most of us, you don’t spend much time thinking about the gutters on your home, but Fall is the time to keep an eye on them.  Leaves and debris fill gutters this time of year and add unwanted weight to your home’s eaves and block proper water flow when it rains.  This blocked water can freeze and add even more weight to your gutters which can lead to roof damage.

Need help with anything you’ve read here?  The Lee Company team of experts are here to help from providing plumbing safety inspections to replacing damaged windows and doors.  Give us a call for anything you need help with around the house.  Our team is ready 24/7 to serve you and your family!

Nashville and Franklin: 615-567-1000

Murfreesboro: 615-867-1000

Mount Juliet: 615-467-7000

North Alabama: 256-353-1000

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