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Happy Holidays. Start the New Year Safe and Worry Free.

by The Worrell Group

I Want to Wish Everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season. If you need any advise or have questions about you home, winterizing, or need referrals to great service providers, please let me know. (Winter is a good time to update and refresh your interior and many service providers have more availability to get the job done sooner.)

Randy Worrell / RE/MAX Legends Group


Winter Home Maintenance

In winter, enjoy energy-efficient warmth and the fruits of your home-maintenance labors. Use this time of the year to thoroughly clean and care for your home's interior while taking a few precautionary measures on the outside.

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Walk around your home's exterior and check the crawl space vents located at the foundation. Close any that are open.
  • Protect your central air conditioning unit with a cover, and remove and store window air conditioners.
  • Clean and store garden tools.
  • Move snow shovels and snow blowers to a convenient spot.  
  • Check gutters one more time for blockage. Especially if you have "late-falling-leaves" conifers, or walnut trees.

Indoor Tasks:

  • Change or clean furnace filters. Consult manufacturer instructions for your furnace to determine how frequently the filters should be replaced. 
  • Clean kitchen appliances inside and out, including refrigerator coils.
  • Maintain clean drains by adding one-half-cup baking soda followed by one-half-cup white vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water.
  • Change your smoke detector battery.
  • Test GFCI outlets. These do wear out after a while.
  • Check insulated water pipes. Pipes most susceptible to freezing are those running through, or close to outside walls. Make sure temperatures in kitchens, baths, and laundry areas are kept stable.  (If you have plumbing in your garage, never leave before making certain the garage door is completely closed. Blowing leaves or snow will trigger most garage door safety sensors.)


Winter Home Maintenance Tips

by The Worrell Group

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Here are five key home maintenance categories to focus on for this winter.

Your Heating System:

Before Winter: Have your furnace or boiler checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year, preferably before the heating season begins. Clean or replace the furnace filter on forced hot air systems. Have your chimney checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year. Pay particular attention to having creosote build-up removed from chimneys.

During Winter:  Set your heat no lower than 55 degrees – the temperature inside the walls where water piping is located is colder than the living spaces; open doors to unoccupied rooms to keep an even temperature throughout the house.

Your Insulation:

Add extra insulation in the attic to guard against ice dams. If too much heat escapes into the attic, it can warm the ice and snow on the roof. When it refreezes, it can cause an ice dam, which can lead to water damage inside your home or possibly even a roof collapse. Add weather stripping around doors and caulk windows to guard against drafts and heat loss. Remove screens from windows, and install storm windows.

Your Utilities:

Check for water leaks and fix problems immediately; wrap water piping in UL-Listed heat tape and insulate if it is exposed in unheated areas such as garages, crawl spaces or attics. Use only thermostatically controlled heat tape if your water piping is plastic and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Learn how to shut off your water and know where your pipes are located in case they do freeze; you may be able to prevent water damage.

Your Winter Safety Measures:

Trim trees and remove dead branches so they do not damage your home or injure someone if they fall because of ice, snow or wind. Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to ensure melting snow can drain properly. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation. Repair steps and handrails to make them safer in the ice and snow. Check smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries to ensure they are operating properly.

Your Key Supplies and Equipment:

Make sure you have snow shovels and a roof rake on hand. Stock your ice melting compound to melt ice on walkways. Have your snow blower and generator serviced and any necessary repairs made. Keep fuel for snow blowers and generators in approved safety containers and away from heat or flame producing devices. Do not store fuel in your basement. 

For more Winter safety information, Travelers Insurance provides some really good advice.


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The Randy Worrell Team
RE/MAX Legends Group
5645 Castle Creek Pkwy N
Indianapolis IN 46250
Direct: 317-819-3330
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