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Winter Safety Around Your WDC Home

As we head into winter it’s important to prepare your home for the worst of weather, so you can keep comfortable and safe what ever storms may rise. This is also critical if you’re selling your home during the winter; you want potential buyers to be able to view your home with ease. The following tips will get you started in your winter preparations.

Sleep well with working smoke and carbon alarms. If you didn’t test your detector alarms with the return of Standard Daylight Time, do it now. These should be tested regularly, and the batteries changed when needed. The average time to replace these units is every 5 years for carbon alarms and 8-10 years for smoke alarms. It’s critical these work well in the winter as we are keeping our homes more closed up and using heat sources more often with the colder temps outside; this increases the likelihood of a serious problem if carbon dioxide levels get too high and there’s no way for it to dissipate to the outside.

Avoid water issues with a bit of prep work. Freezing pipes can lead to burst pipes, inside this can cause a lot of damage, outside it can create a hazard with ice build-up along walkways or near electrical wires if you have holiday lights strung around the exterior. Cover outdoor faucets with a foam insulating cube and turn off the valve so there’s no water sitting in the pipes. Insulate exposed pipes inside and out.

Supply your home with key winter items. A snow shovel or blower- or both- should be on hand. While we don’t always get a lot of snow it’s a real possibility throughout the season, and some years t can really pile up. Keep a de-icing agent on hand too. Take some time to review the options, if you can go with an eco-friendly product this will be an extra plus for buyers feeling good about how you care for your property. When snow and ice arrive, clear walk ways, steps and drives as soon as possible.

Check your exterior steps, give them extra grip. Steps in the winter can be extra tricky to navigate whether there’s rain, snow or ice. A quick purchase of step skids can help make your exterior stairs safer. During a dry day you can adhere one to each step providing more gripping power and lessening the likelihood of someone slipping on the stair.

Take care of exterior hazards. Be sure to check all around your property for unhealthy or dead tree branches and get them removed as soon as possible. In a bad storm these branches are often the first to go, and they can lead to a lot of damage to your roof, windows or car. More importantly, if one falls at the wrong time, someone could get seriously hurt.

The same applies to icicles. If icicles form along your roofline, as pretty as they may be, if left alone, you run the risk of them dropping on passers-by. Take a picture to remember them and then knock them down as soon as you can. Watch your roofline for excess snow too, especially if you have a high-pitched roof. A snow rake to take care of the job should be kept on hand.

Learn more winter safety tips for around your home and for winter in general with this article by LovetoKnow.com. If you’re ready to buy or sell your home call the Realtors® who love where they live and understand the local real estate market through experience. ADMC Realty Group is pleased to serve the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. We’re here for you from start to finish. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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