Seattle — Here are some things you can do yourself that will keep your home protected during the winter:

Hose bibs - disconnecting the hose line from hose bib, bleeding the line out of water, putting the “Dolly Parton”/hose bib cover on.

Insulating pipes - using foam insulation and cover your pipes in the garage.

Caulking windows - walk around the windows and see if the caulking has any defects. Caulk needed areas.

Checking gutters and downspouts for leaves and debris.

Checking door jams - see if you need to replace weather strips.

For more tips on how to keep your house in shape or to hire PJ Kounpungchart visit her website at www.seattlehandywomen.com.

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