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Preparing for Winter

As the cold weather starts to set in I wanted to put together a few pointers and tips to keep your home safe and pest-free this fall and winter.  As always, if you have any questions feel free to email or call us.


Windows and Doors.  Keep all windows closed and close the storm windows if your windows have them – this is the glass window pane on the outside that you can slide up and down, slide the glass pane down instead of the screen pane.  


Free Energy Audits.  Call Black Hills and Alliant Energy and schedule a free home audit to save on your utility and energy bill.
Black Hills (gas/heat)https://www.blackhillsenergy.com/home-energy-audit
Alliant Energy (electricity)https://www.alliantenergy.com/WaysToSave/EnergyUseAssessments/HomeEnergyAssessmentIOWA


Pests.  Bats, mice, spiders, and other critters are looking for warmer areas as it gets colder outside – don’t let them become your next unwanted roommate!  If you suspect you may have a rodent in your property, please let us know.  Keep all garbage inside containers and bags and food inside pantries and refrigerators to keep them away.


Snow Removal. Now is a good time to stock up on sidewalk salt and make sure your shovels are accounted for before snow hits in the coming months.  When the snow does hit, it is always good to throw down a few handfuls of salt on walkways and exterior stairs to keep ice from building up – causing slips, trips, and falls.  Unless your lease states otherwise, you are responsible for snow removal on all outside walking surfaces: stairs, decks, sidewalks, etc.


If you are interested in purchasing our snow removal service, please respond and let us know.


General Safety Reminders.  – Keep all garbage and glass out of yards and from accumulating in your home and in proper recycling bins and garbage cans outside – Smoking is prohibited, if you wish to smoke please do so at least 15 feet away from your front/back door- Check your clothes dryer lint filter every time you do laundry to avoid fires- If your smoke alarms are beeping, make sure to replace the batteries inside.


Stay warm and safe this winter and let us know if you have any questions,


RCPM – 563.564.4195