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How to Prevent Ice Dams This Winter

Oct 08, 2021

Ice dams have the potential to damage both your roof and gutters, so it’s critical that you do your part in preventing them this winter. Of course, this is easier said than done. After all, you don’t exactly have a good look at your roof from the inside. On the plus side, there are several simple steps you can take 

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3 Ways to Ready Your Home for Winter Weather

Nov 28, 2018

With cold winter weather already entering the region, it’s time to take a close look at your home. The decisions you make now will go a long way in ensuring that your home doesn’t sustain any damage over the winter season. Here are three things you absolutely need to do: 1. Protect Your Pipes If water freezes and expands inside 

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Overlooked Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Nov 16, 2017

However, there’s something you need to remember: there are steps you must take to prepare your home for winter. In addition to the usual steps – such as making sure your furnace is ready to heat your home – here are a few other things you should do: ·      Check your doors and windows for air leaks ·      Clean your 

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Feb 05, 2016

It looks like winter has finally hit us, and in order to avoid frozen pipes, take the following precautions: Turn your outside faucets off from inside valves. Remove all hoses from the outside faucets and drain any remaining water from the faucet. Check around the house for other unheated water lines. When the weather is extremely cold, let the cold 

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Ice Dams 101

Jan 24, 2014

While Icicles look somewhat magical and remind us that winter has arrived, they are in fact an indication that something is wrong in that home.  Usually that something is the dreaded ice dam. Let me give you a definition of an ice dam and why it occurs:  An ice dam is a block of ice that forms at the edge 

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Jan 16, 2014

Polar vortex?  Bi-polar weather?  Frozen pipes – no matter how well you think you have winterized your home, you are still susceptible to frozen pipes.  Tonight’s evening news reported that there have been over 200 calls to the fire department in Prince George’s county alone about frozen pipes.  Water is tricky because it expands as it freezes. The expansion puts 

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Nov 25, 2013

Can your home withstand whatever winter has in store for us?  Check out the items listed below to make sure your home can survive the cold. Turn off the outside water valves and make sure the lines are drained.  Detach hoses and move them to sheds or indoors.  Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing and the nightmare of a burst 

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Fall Maintenance Checklist: Roofs and Gutters

Oct 10, 2013

While there is no way to predict what our winter season will bring, now is the time to inspect the roofing and gutter components of your home. If, like many homeowners, you tend to ignore signs of possible exterior home repairs, it’s time to be proactive and inspect your roof and gutters to make sure they can withstand whatever winter 

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Sep 27, 2013

Before winter arrives, make sure you inspect the exterior of your home to make sure your home can slide through bad weather.  Take a close look at your siding to make sure you don’t see signs of needed repair or replacement. Here are a few things to look for on the outside:  Holes or tears, warping, sagging, mold or mildew, 

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Checklist Following the Rain/Snow Mixture in March 2013

Mar 15, 2013

This has been a relatively mild winter season in Northern Virginia. Hopefully the snow, ice and rain we experienced this week is behind us, and we can look forward to spring weather. As we give thanks for not experiencing a jumbo snowfall, get serious about evaluating how the exterior of your home held up over the winter to make sure 

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