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Useful Tips When Prepping Your House For The Winter

by Ricardo Hart

The winter months can be cold, especially if you live up north. Fortunately, you can prepare your home for the cold by considering these tips: 

Stock Up on Propane Tanks

If your heater is gas-powered, you are going to want to stock up on propane tanks. That way, you can always keep your heater running throughout the winter months. You can order these tanks online, and they can be delivered directly to your door. You don't have to worry about getting out in the cold.

In terms of delivery, you have two options to go with: automatic delivery or delivery when you notice that your tank is getting low. If you decide to go with the latter, you need to make sure you know how to tell how much propane is in the tank. You can do this by either weighing it with a scale or by pouring water down one side. Areas that have propane will be cold, and areas without any propane will be warm.

To get stocked up on propane, contact a company like Fieldings Oil & Propane Co Inc.

Inspect Your Home's Foundation

During the winter, snow can collect against your home's foundation. This snow turns into water, which can then get inside your home if there are cracks in the foundation. That's why it's so important to regularly inspect the foundation of your home.

If you notice that there are cracks, they need to be filled in quickly. Filling in foundation cracks doesn't have to be hard if you use a latex concrete sealant. This type of sealant is completely temperature-resistant. You don't have to worry about the cold weather breaking it down over the months.

Put the sealant inside any cracks, and give it a day or two to dry. You may need to apply multiple coatings of sealant in order to create a watertight seal in the cracks.

Invest in an Electric Snow Thrower

You may live in an area where it snows a lot in the winter. If this is the case, it behooves you to invest in an electric snow thrower. This machine is designed to scoop up snow and then shoot it out at the top to get it out of the way. Thanks to this machine, clearing snow from your driveway or sidewalks doesn't have to be hard.

These snow throwers are electrically powered, so you don't have to deal with gas or oil throughout the winter months. These throwers also feature simple controls, so you don't have to struggle when using them.

The winter is characterized by some cold, wet days, but you don't have to worry. All you have to do is consider the tips above. These tips will help you winterize your home.