Preparing Your Home For Winter


  • Double check your roof to make sure the shingles are in good repair. Including all flashings, gutters, soffit and fascia, and chimney components. Our Utah winters can really do a number on the exterior of our homes.
  • Wrap all exposed plumbing pipes as a precaution.
  • Examine all doors and windows for leaking are and seal leaks as needed. This will keep your home warmer and can significantly reduce your gas bill this winter
  • Eliminate any excessive tree branches around the roof of your home. Heavy snowfall can wreak havoc on trees which can often cause damage to roofs, vehicles, etc.
  • Consider installing heat cables on the north facing roof lines that are susceptible to ice dams. Ice damning can cause tens of thousands of dollars of damage as ice creeps up underneath shingles and gutters. Ice dams also create a major slipping hazard when they grow above door ways and porches.

Ice dams

  • Clean out rain gutters and remove all leaves and debris.
  • Remove hoses and cover up all hose bibs.
  • Remind yourself of the location of your indoor water shutoff valve in case of water emergency.
  • Drain and winterize sprinkler lines if necessary.
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