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5 Products to Have on Hand for Winterizing Your Home

When winter hits, the obvious goal is to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. But there’s more to winterizing your home than comfort and keeping your heating bill to a minimum. Winterizing your home also involves preventing damage. Here are five things you’ll want to have on hand to protect your home and keep you and your family comfortable.

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Deicing Cable

If icicles form at your eaves and you’ve done all the insulating you can, installing deicing cable helps prevent ice dams from forming. Even a tiny ice dam can send water underneath shingles, causing all sorts of damage, if left unchecked. Learn how to prevent ice dams with deicing cables.

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Heat Cable and Insulation for Plumbing

Water pipes in chilly basements or unheated crawlspaces are vulnerable to freezing when the temperature plummets. Pipe insulation alone isn’t enough. Add this to your winterizing a home checklist: Install heated cable, made expressly for this purpose, under the insulation. This helps prevent pipes from freezing, bursting and causing thousands of dollars of damage in minutes. Find out why pipes burst and how to prevent it.

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Insulated Hose Bib Covers

In the harshest climates, winterizing your home means taking every step possible. Even if you have frost-free sillcocks, it’s cheap insurance to pop insulated covers over hose bibs. They only cost a few bucks and take seconds to install. Follow these tips to prepare your plumbing for winter.

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Removeable Caulk

Chances are, you’ll leave your windows shut during the winter. To further seal your windows, apply removeable caulk where the sash meets the frame. Here’s the simple how-to for sealing up those drafty windows.

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Door Sweeps

Even a small gap under a door creates an uncomfortable draft. A door sweep puts the squeeze on that breeze. For doors leading to unheated areas seasonal use areas, draft-stoppers provide even more help winterizing your home. Here’s how to adjust your door sweep if it’s not doing its job.

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