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Winterize Your Home Before It's Too Late


Local home inspector offers tips to ease the seasonal transition from fall
to winter

Anchorage, AK (Grassroots Newswire) November 8, 2010 -- With the autumn
chill already in the air, Karen Crawford, owner of the local HouseMaster
franchise, is reminding homeowners to properly safeguard their homes
against the cold.

“Regardless of where you live, the cooling fall air inevitably gives way
to colder conditions and, as temperatures begin to dip, homes require
maintenance,” said Crawford. “With proper maintenance and upkeep,
homeowners can greatly cut down on energy expenditures, and reduce the
likelihood of costly repairs, while creating a more comfortable living
environment when the winter elements are outside their front door.”

Here are several tips to protect your home – both inside and out – and
ease the seasonal transition from fall to winter:

Exterior Surfaces
•Check weather tightness of all exterior surfaces and components
•Caulk and seal all joints in siding, and around windows and doors
•Check and seal any foundation cracks
•Improve/replace weatherstripping at exterior doors and windows as needed

Roof
•Check and clean all gutters and downspouts
•Check flashings for signs of lifting or damage and repair as needed
•Check for loose, damaged or missing roofing

Grounds
•Check window wells, dry wells and storm drains for debris or blockage
•Trim all trees and shrubs that are too close to the house
•Drain and store garden hoses

Interior Rooms
•Have any fireplaces or wood stoves and flues checked and professionally
cleaned
•Reset automatic timers for the change in daylight hours
•Check all smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries

Heating/Cooling Systems
•Clean or change the filter on furnaces periodically (at least once a
month)
•Check heating and cooling systems for any evidence of water leaks
•Clean and test the humidifier

Plumbing
•Drain exterior water lines and open taps
•Insulate water lines that are subject to freezing
•Check the system and fixtures for evidence of water leaks or blocked
drains
•Confirm proper operation of any sump pumps and free flow of the drain
line

For more information and home maintenance tips, please contact your local
HouseMaster franchise: Karen Crawford, HouseMaster of Anchorage, at
907-346-9190 or housemaster@alaska.com.

For more information about HouseMaster and franchise opportunities in your
area, please visit www.housemaster.com or call (800) 526-3930.

About HouseMaster
Headquartered in Bound Brook, N.J., HouseMaster is the oldest and one of
the largest home inspection franchisors in North America. With 371
franchise locations throughout the United States and Canada, HouseMaster
is the most respected name in home inspections. For 30 years, HouseMaster
has built upon a foundation of solid leadership and innovation with a
continued focus on delivering the highest quality service experience to
their customers and providing HouseMaster franchisees the tools and
support necessary to do so. Each HouseMaster franchise is an independently
owned and operated business. HouseMaster is a registered trademark of DBR
Franchising, LLC.

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