January 2015
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It won’t be long now before the blustery weather is upon us.  Read our tips on how to winterize your home and prepare for winter.

David H. Adams, President
Design Builders and Remodeling, Inc. • 203.431.9104
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"Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking."

-Bernard M. Baruch

How to Prepare Your Home for a Northeast Winter

Many Connecticut & New York homeowners felt a sense of urgency to be prepared to face the elements when the threat of Hurricane Sandy loomed. We are used to living in inclement weather but it does take a toll on our homes.

Here are the areas of your house to check for damage and repair before the blustery winter season begins:

1. Roof.

☐ Shingles. Check for damage.
☐ Flashing. Check for wear and tear.
☐ Look for signs of mildew.
☐ Remove debris.

2. Chimney.

☐ Check masonry for cracks.
☐ Check chimney cap for damage.
☐ Inspect and clean the chimney and fireplace.

3. Gutters.

☐ Clean gutters and downspouts.

4. Windows and doors.

☐ Check panes, sills, latches and frames for damage.
☐ Replace broken or cracked glass.
☐ Clean and wax tracks of sliding doors.
☐ Check weather stripping and replace if loose.
☐ Check caulking around windows, doors and trims. Replace loose caulking.
☐ Clean out window wells of basement windows.

5. Exterior.

☐ Clean out storm drains.
☐ Trim trees and shrubs near the house.
☐ Repair all broken or uneven areas of driveways and sidewalks.

6. Basement

☐ Check interior and exterior walls for cracks and repair cracks.
☐ Check walls, rim joist and crawl spaces for mildew and dampness.
☐ Close crawl space vents.
☐ Check for rodents that migrate indoors in the fall.

7. Plumbing.

☐ Check outside faucets for leaks.
☐ Drain and shut off outside faucets.
☐ Check faucets and under sinks for leaks.
☐ Caulk and grout around bathtubs.
☐ Check the water heater for signs of rust or cracks. If you find rust, the tank should be replaced soon.
☐ Check washer hose connection.
☐ Check sump pumps and drains.

8. Electrical.

☐ Test smoke detectors and replace batteries.
☐ Clean covers of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

9. Furnace.

☐ Replace furnace filters.
☐ Have heating system serviced.

10. Other.

☐ Clean dryer vents.
☐ Check the dryer hose for wear and tear.
☐ Check the insulation and ventilation in your attic to  prevent ice dams from forming.

Keep a roof rake and plastic shovel on hand to remove snow from the roof to control ice dams and do not let snow build up more than 12 “ on the roof. Excess snow build up can damage and weaken a roof and possibly cause a collapse.

For more year-round home maintenance tips give us a call at 203-431-9104.

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Playing It Safe

We all want our homes to be safe havens--places where we can relax in comfort and security. But every year, home-related accidents result in medical visits and sometimes death to thousands of people in the United States.The top three causes of these injuries are: 1) falls, 2) poisonings, and 3) fires and burns. Many of these accidents take place in the bathroom. The average person uses the bathroom six times a day. With such a high level of usage, it is important for this room to be as safe as possible. We recommend these home improvements to help keep you and your loved ones safe while using your bathroom.
Invisia's stylish grab bars serve dual purposes.


  • Wet, slippery tubs and shower floors can lead to some of the most serious injuries in the bathroom. Select non-slip floor surfaces for your bathroom and install grab bars. Many grab bars today are cleverly designed to avoid giving your bathroom an institutional appearance. Check out the new products that integrate a toilet paper holder with a grab bar, or a towel bar with a grab bar--effectively hiding the grab bar in plain sight.
  • A comfort height toilet provides a seat height that is the same as that of a standard chair, maximizing your ease and comfort when sitting down or standing up.
  • An LED light sensor night light in the bathroom will automatically turn on in low light levels. The night light will softly illuminate the path for safe nighttime visits to the bathroom, helping you avoid any tripping hazards along the away. It will also provide enough light to safely complete all normal bathroom tasks.

This mirrored cabinet from Robern includes an integrated LED light sensor night light, as well as an optional safety lock box.


  • More than two million poisonings are reported to poison control centers each year--with the highest rates among children under age five. To help prevent poisoning, all medications and other poisonous items should be locked up and placed out of reach of children and pets. This may be accomplished by adding child-proof locks on the doors of cabinets where cleaning solutions are stored, as well as by installing a medicine cabinet with a built-in lock box for added safety.
  • Keep all medications and bathroom cleaning solutions in their original containers with labels attached, to ensure they are used properly and not mistaken for another product. Never mix one medication with another.
Moen's ioDIGITAL lets you set and maintain water temperature precisely.


  • Although 96 percent of all homes in the United States have at least one smoke alarm, some burns occur without any smoke! Each year, about 112,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms with scald burns, many of which are a result of household water heaters being set at temperatures above 120 degrees F. To prevent these burns, turn down your water heater to 120 degrees and install an anti-scald regulator fixture in the shower, tub and vanity sink.
  • Never leave potential fire hazards, such as space heaters, candles or curling irons, unattended. Replace lit candles with battery-powered "flameless" candles and purchase a curling iron with an auto shut-off function.



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