Week 45 ~
Preparing For Winter
Winter is here. There are a few things that you should do before winter storms arrive
Are You Ready for Winter?
Here are a couple of things that you should be doing to prepared for winter season.
Check your chimney before your first winter fire because you will want to know if Creosote has built up in the chimney. This can cause a chimney fire. Hire a professional chimney inspection.
While your on the roof, check your roof for any damage. Depending on your location, you may experience frequent ice, wind, or snow storms, along with high winds flooding and more. Be prepared and check your roof. Don’t wait for winter to find out you have a leak.
Seal it up ~
Make sure your home is efficient by keeping it air tight. You'll want to keep moisture out, critters out, and keep the warm air in your home. Save money by weather stripping and caulk to seal holes and cracks around your home.
Outdoor Preps ~
Disconnect garden hoses from faucets when the temperature drops.
Protect your pipes from freezing by insulating them. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, keep a stream of water running in a few faucets to guard against freezing and bursting pipes. To protect plumbing under kitchen and bathroom sinks, open the cabinet doors so warm air can surround the pipes.
Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow. Repair any issues with steps and handrails. Keep deicing salt handy for sprinkling on steps, sidewalks and your driveway.
Clean your gutter ~
If you are capturing water from your roof, your should clean the gutters on your home several times a year.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors ~
Residential fires are more common in winter. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector to avoid inadvertently trapping the toxic gas in your home. Check the detectors monthly and replace batteries as needed.
Winter Garden ~
Cover your garden to protect it from the harsh weather.
Yard Work ~
Trim and remove dead branches and debris from the trees in your yard. Ice, snow and wind can weaken tree limbs and cause branches to fall and potentially damage your home, car or even yourself and others.
Here is your challenge.
These are suggested items for you to purchase. Review your inventory and add any items to your shopping list.
Food Storage Purchase
Water ~ 1 gallon per day per person
Purchase what you need for your pantry, Bug Out Bag, etc.
Summer items are now on sale. Purchase summer clothing, shoes, hats, sunglasses etc.
Purchase odds & ends like soap, bleach, towels, etc.
Heat in a Can
Update your personal (paper) phonebook.
Skills & Drills
Have a fire drill
Save $45 or as your budget allows. Save something. Here is a 52 Week Money Challenge Printable Spreadsheet
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