Winterizing Tips

Even though Game of Thrones might be over, we all know one thing is still true, winter is coming. For homeowners, that means making sure your property is cold weather-ready. Whether you’re a first time homeowner, or just need to dust off the ol’ winterizing list, here are some great tasks to check off the to-do list:



Winterize pipes and hose bibs

We all know water freezes when it expands and this can cause some serious damage both for the exterior and interior of your home. Drain those exterior pipes and insulate all exposed pipes.  


Drain your lawn sprinkler system

Sprinkler pipes and other components are at risk of freezing and breaking when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll want to shut off your sprinkler system, drain all pipes and insulate all above-ground pipes. 


Clear gutters and downspouts

Gutters and downspouts can get clogged with leaves and debris that hinder the proper operation of the system, so keeping them clean and flowing freely is essential. Make sure to do one last swoop after the tail end of fall, when all the leaves are off the trees. 


Schedule your Semi-annual HVAC cleaning

This will help make sure your duct work stays clean. It might not seem like a big deal, but it will save a ton of money on heating your home and preventing dust and allergens.


Schedule your chimney sweep

Santa isn’t the only person who likes a clean chimney. Crackling fires are beautiful, but the safety of your family could be at risk if your flue isn’t cleaned. The built-up creosote could possibly ignite, or birds or squirrels may have built nests over the summer. 


Purchase your snow shovel and salt

Ice is beautiful, but not the best for guests entering your home. Stop snow and ice from freezing to your driveway and walkway. Purchase your shovel and salt now, so it’ll be ready for those snowy days. 


Test your sump pump

Your sump pump saves you in the spring and summer, so look for it in the winter. Remove the hose connecting your sump pump, remove all debris inside the pump and keep the heat on in your basement.


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

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