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Keep Your House Covered For A Warmer Winter

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Keep Your House Covered for a Warmer Winter

Homeowners are 40% more likely to experience water leaks due to cold weather, but the damage may not be covered by their insurance policy. Many will state that it’s the homeowners responsibility to heat their home even if they are away in order to prevent accidents like burst pipes happening. Getting your plumbing system serviced and making sure your pipes are lagged can help prevent these occurrences and, along with other insulation and draft proofing, will keep your home safe and warm in winter.

Lagging Pipes and Insulation

Insulating your water pipes prevents them from freezing or getting damaged.  On cold pipes it can also prevent condensation forming on the pipes. This happens when the water inside the pipe is colder than the heated air surrounding it and can cause issues with damp. Lagging hot water pipes helps reduce heat loss and can raise the water temperature by up to 4 degrees. If a pipe does burst, make sure you know where to turn off the water to prevent further damage before calling a plumber.

Chimneys and Fireplaces

Another area to cover in your home is an open fireplace. When not in use, 14% of air in your home can be lost through a chimney. Check your damper is well fitted and working efficiently, or block the chimney completely with a tightly fitted foam chimney draft excluder. If your house is still chilly, think about adding an extra source of heat. An ethanol fire doesn’t require a flue and can be the cozy main attraction or accent to a living area.

Insulation and Draft Proofing

The US Department of Energy estimates that you can save up to 30% of your home’s energy by having it properly insulated and, for optimal energy efficiency, this should extend from the attic to the basement. As well as fitting insulation in the roof and walls, draft proofing smaller areas can make a difference to heat loss.  Weatherstripping can be fitted around windows and doors stop to seal any gaps. Heavy curtains, draft excluders at the bottom of doors and a rug on wooden floorboards will also help to minimize cold drafts and heat loss.

Covering up and adding extra layers is good advice to keep warm in the winter and it works for your house as well. Lagging pipes, insulating walls and covering floors keeps more of the valuable warmth of radiators and fires inside your home for a safe and cozy winter.

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Pumpkin Carving with Power Tools

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Things to Do in October- Plus a List of All the Best Pumpkin Patches Around

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Power Tool Pumpkin Carving Winner 2016

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Can you believe it’s mid-October? Where did this year go?

This year flew by, Summer came and went, with a blink of an eye. I know a lot of people who are disappointed we’re already in October, but I’m not going to lie, I love Fall. The weather is just perfect. The colors are spectacular. Bright yellow, red, orange, brown. The air is fresh and everyone seems to be in a good mood. Halloween decorations are everywhere to be seen. Kids and some adults, can’t wait to purchase or make their Halloween costume. Fall is the perfect time to throw on a sweater and scarf, and go enjoy anything outside.

·       Pumpkin Patches

·       Apple Picking

·       Wine Tasting

·       Pumpkin Carving

·       Visit the Arboretum

·       Go Fishing

·       Go Hiking

·       Make hot coco with the family

·       Watch Halloween movies outside

·       Go horseback riding

·       Visit a haunted house

·       Go to the zoo

·       Bake a pie on the grill

·       Build a scarecrow

If nothing in that list suits you, at least go visit a pumpkin patch. It's tons of fun. Trust me, you'll enjoy yourselves.

Pumpkin Patches

Southwest Suburbs

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm – 13341 W. 151st. Homer Glen, IL 708-301-3276

Butterprint Farm- 24936 S. 80th Ave Monee, IL 708-534-8801

The Children’s Farm- 12700 Southwest Hwy. Palos Park, IL 708-361-3650

Fawn’s Fall Fest & Pumpkin Farm – 24405 s. LaGrange Rd. Frankfort, IL 708-532-6668

Forest View Farms- 16717 S. Lockwood Tinley Park, IL 708-560-0306

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm – 4853 Hwy 52 Minooka, IL 815-475-7373

Odyssey Fun Farm – 18900 S. Oak Park Ave Tinley Park, IL 708-429-3800

Northwest Indiana

Country Line Orchard – 200 Country Line Rd. Hobart, IN 219-947-4477

Garwood Orchards and Farm Markets – 5911 W. 50 South LaPorte, IN 219-362-4385

Western Suburbs

Abbey Farms – 850 Butterfield Rd. Aurora, IL 630-936-0034

Blackberry Farm - !00 S. Barnes Rd. Aurora, IL 630-892-1550

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm – 42W813 Reinking Rd. Hampshire, IL 847-464-5952

Honey Hill Orchards – 11747 Waterman Rd. Waterman, IL 815-264-3337

Johansen Farms – 710 W. Boughton Rd. Bolingbrook, IL 630-759-8711

Windy Acres Farm – 37W446 Fabyan Pkwy. Geneva, IL 630-232-6429

Go enjoy this weather. Carve a pumpkin, make some coco, or sit by the fire. Just go have some fun.