Top Residential Service Companies Offer Winter Preparedness Advice for Your Home

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Seven Service Trade Leaders Give Top Industry Tips for Preparing the Home for Winter

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Drastic winter temperatures can wreak havoc on the home...

Drastic winter temperatures can wreak havoc on the home, causing seen and unseen damage to the foundation and structure of a house. From frozen pipes to faltering furnaces, overlooking the annual upkeep of a home can lead to a long, hard winter for families. To aid in ensuring homes are prepared for the oncoming winter months, these seven service industry leaders offer their top winter preparedness tip to keep homes safe and warm for the winter.

According to Aire Serve® Heating and Air Conditioning, care and maintenance is sometimes forgotten when it comes to a home’s furnace. The furnace’s oil filter must be checked at the start of each winter. Dirty oil filters result in dirty fuel flowing into the furnace system, resulting in subpar performance.    

Each year, frozen pipes result in costly home repairs for homeowners. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing suggests preparing a home’s pipes by insulating faucets and exposed pipes with thick towels or pipe insulation and opening cabinets indoors.

When the power is out during a winter storm, no one gets more praise than the generator. However, according to Mr. Electric®, homeowners should be weary of overloading the power source. Only necessary items should be powered by the “genny.” This will keep the generator from overloading and damaging the unit and/or items connected to it.

To reduce the risk of winter home fires, Rainbow International® Restoration urges homeowners to have their heating system and fireplace inspected and serviced at the start of the winter season. In addition, replace or clean furnace filters on a regular basis and put a screen in front of the fireplace to protect against sparks.

The Grounds Guys®, a leader in grounds care, suggests fertilizing the lawn before the ground freezes and adding mulch to flowerbeds to help insulate soil and protect plants from frost. In colder regions, it is important for commercial and residential owners to clear walkways and parking lots of snow and ice to ensure safety.

For those with outdoor kitchens, Mr. Appliance® recommends unplugging outdoor refrigerators and freezers prior to extreme weather, ensuring connected water lines don’t freeze. Frozen water lines can lead to overheated appliances.

Finally, a leading expert in glass care, Glass Doctor® advises repairing windshield chips and cracks prior to the first freeze of winter. As temperatures drop, and car heaters come on, the varying temperatures can cause these blemishes to spread, often requiring the entire windshield to be replaced.

Taking a few moments, while the weather is still amicable, can save homeowners time, money and heartache this winter season.

About The Dwyer Group, Inc.:
The Dwyer Group, Inc., based in Waco, Texas, is the holding company of seven franchise businesses, each selling and supporting a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor in the UK and Portugal), and Rainbow International®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers worldwide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, The Dwyer Group operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass brand name. The Dwyer Group is a portfolio company of The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm investing in growing businesses valued at up to $250 million. More information on The Dwyer Group or its franchise concepts is available at DwyerGroup.com.

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