We are almost halfway through December, and we haven’t seen much snow action yet. That means it’s the perfect time to make sure that you are prepared for the cold and snow that we will surely have in the weeks (and months!) to come. Set aside an hour or two this weekend to prep for the weather, and you’ll be so glad you did come January! Here are a few ways you can set your self up for stress free cold and snow:
Pull out your snow shovels, boots, and work gloves. Is everything in good condition? Does anything need to be replaced? Do it now, BEFORE the snow hits. Do you know when is a terrible time to buy this stuff? When a snowstorm is in the forecast. Or even worse, when a foot of snow is sitting on the ground. If you wait, your options will be fewer, and you’ll be stuck buying a $75 snow shovel. Make sure you’ve got good, strong work gloves and boots. It’ll make a crummy job…less crummy.
Service Your Snow Blower, You Lucky Duck
While the rest of us are simultaneously sweating and freezing to death shoveling our driveways, there’s always one neighbor with a snowblower who we all collectively hate. Unless they offer to do our driveway, too. Then we love them forever. Nothing will trigger your neighbors’ schaudenfreude quicker than seeing you run out of gas halfway through the job, though. So, fill up your snowblower and test it out to make sure it’s still in good working condition.
Supplies for Every Car
Make sure there’s a scraper, first aid kit, and blankets in every car. I have been in the unpleasant position of wiping the windshield with my arm, and I do not recommend it. Throw some gloves in there too. You will be so glad you did.
Start Stripping (weather stripping, that is)
Weather stripping in a cheap way to keep the cold and snow outside where it belongs. Not only will you save money over the next few months, but your home will feel much more comfortable. The fewer drafts you feel, the cozier things will be.
Insulate Your Pipes
If you’ve got outdoor spigots, purchase an insulator cap. This way, you won’t need to leave them dripping all season long. However, if you’ve got pipes running along outdoor walls, you may want to leave some faucets dripping on especially freezing nights. Leaving your under-sink cabinets ajar through the night can also help keep your kitchen pipes from freezing.