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Keeping your Sage home in good working order this Fall. Here are some tips.

October 9, 2020

You are now the proud owner of a brand new Sage home! You made the decision to buy new instead of a resale home, where you would have most likely needed to do some repairs and updates.  So, because you bought a new home, you won’t have to put any work into it, right?! Wrong. We encourage you to think of your new home as a member of the family and as a living and breathing thing. Keeping your home maintained through the seasons is vital so that it can keep your new home in good working order. As we go into Autumn, you are getting your family ready for the fall and upcoming winter, do the same for your home. Here are ten tips to get your home ready for winter. 

1. Check the gutters.
Cleaning out your gutters helps to prevent ice dams. 

2. Protect the pipes.
Your pipes are insulated in your new Sage home. In addition, in the Western Washington region, we rarely get close to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (when interior pipes are at risk of freezing). However, it is always good to double check your pipes, in case. 

3. Seal the cracks.
Check for and caulk around holes and openings to help prevent cold air from seeping in. Weather stripping and seals have already been installed around openings such as windows, doors, and air conditioners in your new Sage home, but be sure to check them for holes or imperfections. 

4. Stop the slips.
Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow and repair any issues with your steps and handrails. 

5. Install an emergency release.
Consider installing an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can prevent them from bursting. It’s also a good idea to know where your pipes are located and how to shut the water off.

6. Keep it cozy.
Set your thermostat for at least 65 degrees. 

7. Have heating checked.
Furnaces and chimneys should be serviced at least once a year to clear any buildup and to keep them running efficiently. 

8. Test your detectors.
Residential fires are more common in winter, so it is important that all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work. Check them monthly and replace batteries as needed. 

9. Clear the yard.
Keep the trees trimmed and remove dead branches and debris from your yard. Ice, snow and wind can weaken trees and cause branches to fall and potentially damage your home, car or even yourself and others. 

10. House the hose.
Remove all attached garden hoses, drain and store them away. Shut off the valves and insulate the faucet. The outside hose faucet at your  new Sage home has not been pre-insulated. There are options from Styrofoam, nylon fabric, and more. Here are some of these options:

Outside hose faucet insulation at Search Results
Shop outside hose faucet insulation at Lowe's. Find a variety of quality home improvement products at or at your local Lowe's store.


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