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What you risk when you fail to winterize

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Despite the fact that it’s already snowed in the Washington, D.C. area, there’s still time to safeguard your home from the upcoming winter’s onslaught.

And hey, we know it’s a busy time of year — there’s shopping to do, eggnog to sip, cookies to bake and football to watch.

But a weatherization investment now will save you time and money in the future, and keep you safe and warm in the coming months.

“What’s the worst that can happen if I don’t winterize?” You ask. We’ll tell you.

Increased Energy Costs

 More than 45 percent of the utility costs for your home go to heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And if your home is drafty, then you could be wasting 5 to 30 percent of the energy you’re paying for.

What you should do:

  • Use weather stripping. caulk and spray foam to seal air leaks around windows, doors, fireplaces, outlets, floors and ceilings.
  • Installing a storm door and storm windows.

Water Damage

More than 50 million homes experience frozen pipes every year, according to State Farm and when these pipes burst, it can result in more than $5,000 in damage to the homeowner. In addition, clogged gutters can contribute to the formation of ice dams that cause leaks, which can damage your walls, ceiling and insulation as well as loosen shingles and tear up gutters.

What you should do:

  • Turn off all exterior water, drain and stow hoses and insulate pipes
  • Clean gutters
  • Install gutter guards and downspout extensions

The Solution

 Your friends at JW Home Improvement can inspect downspouts and gutters and offer installation of leaf guards and downspout extenders.

We can also check exterior doors and windows to ensure the weather stripping and caulk is preventing cold air from entering your home.

Call 703-899-3129 now for an estimate to get your home ready for the season!

JW Home Improvement is a offering 15 percent discount to clients who make donation on behalf of returning troops

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JW Home Improvement is proud to announce our partnership with Serve Our Willing Warriors (SOWW), a Virginia-based nonprofit dedicated to providing support for our country’s recovering ill and injured servicemen and women and their families.

This fall, we will be donating three weeks of labor to SOWW to help complete work on the Bull Run Warrior Retreat in Haymarket, Virginia.

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