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(WTNH)– The Home Depot Associate Kimit Trottman talks weatherization/snow prep and removal.
Long-range forecasts show potentially record-breaking snowfall this winter. The Home Depot has everything you need to be prepared for when the snow starts piling up.
1. Power up for Snow Removal
Get the right equipment to prepare for snow and ice and maintain the outside of your home – from blowers to throwers to shovels, salt and sealants.
• For large projects like driveways and parking lots, snow blowers like the Ariens 28 Deluxe will help tackle the task. Keep your blowers at the front of your garage in colder months to avoid extra prep work in heavy snow fall.
• For harder surfaces and smaller yards, enlist the help of the Ryobi 40V Lithium Ion Snow Blower, which features fade-free power and easy handling.
• For walkways, a strong shovel like the True Temper Aluminum Combo Shovel will allow for nimble maneuvering, while the Quirky Thor Ice Scraper is a must-have in your car this winter for easy scraping and wiping.
• Use salt or sand on steps and driveways as a thawing agent. Avoid putting salt and de-icers near plants and grass which can be harmful. Add additional salt or sand after shoveling.
2. Prepare for Freezing Temperatures
Small enhancements to pipes, water heaters and other areas around the house can help prevent omse of the issues brought on by colder days.
• Protect surfaces against harsh weather and moisture indoors and out. Sealants like Rain Guard Winterizer repel ice, rain and snow. Use on a variety surfaces to protect walkways, wood, and outdoor surfaces before the weather arrives.
• To prevent pipes from bursting in the cold weather, it is important to insulate before temperatures drop. Options like Pratt Polyethylene Insulation reduce unwanted heat gain and maximize energy savings.
• As temperatures drop, heat cables from Frost King can help maintain water temperatures in pipes in a safe and effective way.
• Adding additional home insulation is another away to boost energy savings by ensuring the cold stays out and the heat stays in. Options from Owens Corning, like Atticat, are easy to use with a blower from The Home Depot Tool Rental center.
• Ensure your water heater is in proper working condition. A replacement model like the Rheem 12 YR XR90 ESTAR is a high-quality, long lasting option to give you peace of mind no matter how much the temperatures drop. Select Rheem
• Install a water heater tank booster such as the Cash Acme Heatguard Tank Booster. The booster ensures water is delivered at a safe temperature while allowing the hot water to be set at a germ-killing 140 degrees. Hot water lasts longer and hot water capacity is increased by up to 50 percent.
3. Plan Ahead with Indoor Essentials
Preparation for inclement weather is key. Batteries, flashlights, generators and other products are core components in a severe weather kit you should piece together before the storm arrives.
• Store a light like the Energizer Fusion Folding Lantern somewhere you can access quickly in case you lose power.
• Also keep extra batteries, like Duracell Quantum AA, on hand as well as a backup for electronics around the home.
• For additional storm protection, consider purchasing a generator, such as the PowerStroke 5000 to ensure you have a back-up option if the power goes out.
Home Depot is located at 75 Frontage Rd N in East Haven. For more information, call 203-467-2001 or http://www.homedepot.com/.