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🍂 Prepare Your Property For The Cold Weather

Updated: Oct 8, 2019


Winter is coming! Here in Minnesota, our properties take a bit of a beating with the freezing temperatures and amount of snow we get. ❄️ There are many ways that we can prepare for the inevitable and Housing Hub is here to help you! Let us know if we can help you and your rental property with any of the following for the next few weeks:


1. Cleaning out gutters and debris from roof

Gutters are an integral piece of your home's well being. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.


2. Tidy up your yard

Your yards probably need a couple of good rakings, and then some. Removing fall debris in the next two months is important to keeping your garden and yard healthy and growing. Clearing out your flower beds and cleaning under trees and shrubs gets rid of bugs, fungus, and diseases that have gathered there over the summer and fall.


3. Winterization to your irrigation systems

Winterizing your home helps to defend it against potential damage from freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. The outside of your home is especially important to winterize since it's completely exposed to the elements.


4. Weatherstripping and insulation

You can use weatherstripping in your home to seal air leaks around movable building components, such as doors or operable windows. For stationary components, caulk is the appropriate material for filling cracks and gaps.


5. Clean fireplaces and chimneys

For the DIYer, try these chimney logs to decrease the amount of creosote. But never replace a good cleaning with one of these logs, try out The Fireplace Guys in Oakdale.


Related article: What Is Creosote & What Makes Creosote Dangerous?


6. Service your HVAC system

Right now we are offering a discounted offer of $99 for a heating tune-up! We want to make sure that everything is ready to go for the next few months. Contact Aaron Bodine, our Director of Maintenance at: aaron@housinghubmn.com.


7. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

To test the carbon monoxide detector, simply press the “test” button. It will tell you if the device has enough electrical power from the batteries or outlet. If the detector does not produce a high-pitched beeping noise, it needs new batteries or should be replaced.



Sources:

Drew, Shawn. Angie's List. Aug. 8, 2015

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/4-ways-clogged-gutters-can-damage-home.htm


Lipford, Dan. Today's Homeowner.

https://todayshomeowner.com/how-to-deal-with-grass-fungal-diseases-in-your-lawn/


Author Unknown. Energy Saver.

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/weatherize/air-sealing-your-home/weatherstripping


Doctor Flue. September 26, 2017

https://www.doctorflue.com/blog/what-is-creosote/

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