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November 27, 2023

Mastering Winter: Tips from The Wellington Senior Living’s Plant Operations Director

Category: Senior Living

Author: Robert Borushko, Plant Operations Director

As the Plant Operations Director at The Wellington Senior Living. I know the importance of preparing the community and my home for the cold winter weather. To prepare your house for winter weather, start by inspecting and sealing any gaps or cracks in doors, windows, and walls to prevent drafts and conserve heat. Be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Thus preventing ice dams that can damage your roof and walls when snow and ice accumulate. 

Check your heating system and replace air filters. Plan to schedule a professional inspection to ensure it’s functioning efficiently and safely for the colder months.

Insulate your home properly by adding weatherstripping to doors and windows. Add insulation to your attic and walls to retain heat and lower energy bills. Remember also to prepare your outdoor spaces. Drain and store garden hoses, cover outdoor furniture, and trim tree branches that could damage your home during winter storms. 

Annual inspection and cleaning can save you costly repairs or devastating fire or carbon monoxide poisoning if you have a fireplace in your home.

Prepping your house for winter means:

  • Remove bird or animal nests.
  • Ensure mortar, bricks, chimney cap, and spark arrester are in good condition.
  • Your chimney draws efficiently.
  • Inspect flues to ensure they close and seal well, preventing drafts and heat loss.

Lawn irrigation systems should be drained and checked by a professional before winter sets in. Be sure to turn off the water to outdoor spigots and drain, clean, and cover any fountains to prevent them from cracking.

Cold and winter storms can damage your home and stress its systems. Simple things, like routine heating system maintenance. Can save you unexpected and expensive repairs in the middle of a cold snap.

A little time and money spent preparing for cold weather will pay great dividends through energy savings. There is no way to stop “Old Man Winter” from arriving at your door, but with some preparation, he’ll stay outside where he belongs!

The Wellington Senior Living in Liberty, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Liberty Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shoal Creek Golf Course, Historic Downtown Liberty, Stocksdale Park, and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

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