Winter is here, and if you live in Maine, you know that means preparing for snow storms.
This can be a stressful time, but with the right preparation, you can ensure your home remains safe during the storm. Here are three tips for preparing your home for a snowstorm in Maine.
Clear Your Property of Debris
Before the snow starts to fall, make sure to clear your property of any debris that could create dangerous conditions during or after the storm. This includes trimming any tree limbs near your house (to prevent them from damaging your roof) and clearing away leaves and other materials around your yard that could become slippery in icy conditions. Also check gutters and downspouts to make sure they’re clean and free of clogs so that melting snow doesn’t accumulate on your roof or near the foundation of your home.
Check Your Heating System
Make sure to check your heating system before winter weather hits. Have a professional inspect it if necessary to ensure it’s running properly and safely. Check smoke detectors as well—they should be replaced every 10 years—and consider investing in carbon monoxide detectors if you don’t have one already. Make sure all heating vents are unobstructed so air can flow freely throughout the house; this helps reduce condensation buildup which can lead to mold growth in damp areas like basements or attics. Lastly, stock up on extra blankets, warm clothing, and batteries in case power outages occur during the storm.
Seal Up Windows & Doors
To help keep cold air out and warm air inside, seal up windows and doors with caulk or weather-stripping where needed. If possible, install storm windows over existing windows; these provide an extra layer of insulation that helps keep heat from escaping through cracks or gaps around window frames. Also check insulation levels inside walls; adding extra insulation is often an inexpensive way to increase energy efficiency during winter months when temperatures drop significantly outside.
Snow storms can be unpredictable but by taking some simple steps now such as clearing debris from around your property, inspecting your heating system, and sealing up windows & doors you can prepare yourself for whatever comes this winter season! With just a little bit of effort now you can save yourself time and money later on when it matters most – when bad weather strikes! Make sure you’re well-prepared this season before the first flakes start falling!