Whitlock’s Home Winter Prep Checklist

TWG - Home Prep for Winter

Here are some key preventative measures to take now to protect your home this winter and ideas to cut heating costs.

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Roof and Drainage:

  • Clean and remove debris from gutters.
  • Make sure your roof’s drainpipes are pointed away from the house.




  • Wrap exposed pipes and plumbing with insulation.
  • Keep valves and taps open to prevent water from staying and freezing in pipes.
  • Even if not at home, keep home’s temperature warm enough to prevent freezing.
  • When temperatures dip below freezing, keep water dripping in sinks and faucets.
  • Keep cabinets open in bathrooms and kitchens in order to heat up cold pipes.



  • Seal the gaps in windows and doors.
  • Check and maintain your insulation.
  • Tune-up your heating system.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Replace old doors and windows.
  • Inspect and clean your fireplace.


overloaded electrical outlet


  • Test your fire and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets and use proper extension cords.
  • Follow dryer safety recommendations.
    • Empty lint filter before putting anything in the dryer.
    • Clear out vent pipe at least once every three months.
    • Never run the dryer while asleep or away from home.


Walkways and Driveways:

  • Keep walkways and driveways well lit and clear of ice.