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If you’ve lived in the northeast for any length of time, you know that the winter can do a real number on people and property. If you’re a new homeowner, you may be interested in a few suggestions on how to reduce the risk of damage to your property that freezing temperatures and inclement weather can bring. Of course, if you’re an experienced homeowner, you might appreciate some reminders as well.

First, reduce the amount of water or moisture on the exterior of your home. As temperatures freeze, that water will turn to dangerous ice, and moisture can cause certain materials to warp or break. If you have a pool, that thing should already be drained and shut down for the season. Sprinkler systems are another thing to check, as well as outdoor faucets.

Also, putting away or covering expensive equipment like lawn tools, your grill, or even patio furniture can not only protect those objects, but it’ll make snow removal a lot easier, too.

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