Winterizing Your Home In Washington DC Metro

Winterizing Your Home In Washington DC Metro

Winterizing Your Home In Washington DC Metro

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A surprising amount of damage can result from a homeowner's failure to winterize their home, especially in cold climates like Washington DC which can experience below-freezing temperatures. If you've never seen freeze-related damage, trust that you never want to! Here are the steps you can to take to protect your home during winter months.

HVAC Check


    Have a pro perform a furnace inspection and duct cleaning before you switch the heat on for the season

    Keep three months' supply of furnace filters and change monthly

    Replace your old thermostat for an efficient programmable thermostat

    Bleed radiator valves


Fireplace and Chimney Inspection and Maintenance


    Late summer/early fall is a great time to have your annual chimney and fireplace inspection

    Buy fuel and/or firewood and store at least 500 feet away from the home in a dry place

    Arrange a chimney sweep and any repairs necessary

    If you don't already have a cap on the chimney to block birds and animals from nesting, install ASAP


Doors and Windows


    Apply weather stripping to doors where necessary to block cold air from entering the home

    Caulk windows

    Cover basement windows with weather wrap

    Remove screens and install storm windows

    Prime and paint exposed wood on the exterior of the home




    Inspect roof, gutters & downspouts for inconsistencies, missing or loose shingles, flashing or tiles

    Add extra insulation to the attic if needed and apply evenly

    Clean out gutters and use a strong hose spray through downspouts to flush debris

    Install leaf guards on the gutters

    Install downspout extensions to direct water away from the home


Read the full DC Metro Home Winterizing list

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Comment balloon 13 commentsThe Isaacs Team llc • October 10 2012 01:29PM


Great post..










Posted by George P. Cruz Sr., PSL FL CDPE, TRC, CIPS (DR Horton) over 6 years ago

Hi Susan, winterizing our Ocala home consists of covering frost sensitive plants with a sheet!

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 6 years ago

Thanks George!

Bob, I can only dream of winter in Fla...   ; p  

Posted by The Isaacs Team llc, over 6 years ago
Our winter weather consists of a lot of rain and your list still applies to us.
Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) over 6 years ago

I used to live in DC for about 7 years.

Looking at the pictures and reading your post makes me ever so grateful to be in California again.  :-)

Fall is the best time of year in DC -- can't beat it.

Posted by Tni LeBlanc, RealtorĀ®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879 (Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795) over 6 years ago

Hella, that's true, some seasonal home maintenance is necessary regardless of location. Enjoy the holidays in balmy California!

Posted by The Isaacs Team llc, over 6 years ago

Tni, agree, fall is wonderful in DC!  Love spring too, as long as it's not icy!  Have a happy holiday and a successful 2013!

Posted by The Isaacs Team llc, over 6 years ago

Susan, it is 70 degrees here and just looking at those pictures makes me want to curl up in a blanket.  We do have very brief periods of freezing temps, so good advice you have given, even for the lower south. 

Posted by Dana Wilkinson, Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conr (Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX) over 6 years ago

Susan, I like the reminder for people to have their chimney checked on an annual basis.  Chimney caps are important in Dallas.  Many homeowners have interesting visitors when there is no cap and screen to keep the visitors out of the chimney.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 6 years ago

Dana, we're getting a little Christmas Eve snow here this morning so your 70 degrees sounds mighty inviting! I was in TX once when there was snow on the ground but we typically don't think of snow and Texas together. Enjoy your warm holiday and have a great 2013!

Sharon: You are so right!  "Interesting visitors" Lol! Only Santa belongs in there  : )  Have a happy holiday and successful 2013!

Posted by The Isaacs Team llc, over 6 years ago


Great post and what a GORGEOUS photo!!  Reblog here I come - perfect for the DC metro area

Posted by Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) over 6 years ago

Hi Debbie, glad you enjoyed the post!  We're certainly getting colder in DC Metro now, though nothing like the photo! Have a happy new year!  --Susan

Posted by The Isaacs Team llc, over 6 years ago

Great ideas! 

Posted by Rob Rosa, Personal Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway) over 6 years ago

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