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10 Reminders Before Maryland's Winter Arrives

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***Seek Professional Help


  1. *Winterize hose bibs by turning off the valve for each. Open each hose bib, from the exterior, just enough to drain water.
  2. **Clear gutters to reduce icicle formation.
  3. *Close down crawl space vents to reduce cold air flow.
  4. ***Consider increasing floor insulation value. R19 is building code requirement. R30 keeps floors feeling cozier.
  5. **Check your attic's ventilation. Make sure your soffit vents are clear. This also reduces icicle formation and damaging, costly ice damming.
  6. *Check for drafts around entry doors. Feel a draft? Adjust door threshold or add weather stripping.
  7. ***Get your chimney professionally cleaned.
  8. ***Have your gas fireplace serviced. Remember to use cleaners for the glass recommended by the manufacturer.
  9. *Replace HVAC return air filters.
  10. *Test and/or replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


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This 1970's modular on Kent Island, MD was in desperate need of renovation and upgrading. Villa Builders exceeded our expectations. Now, we have a wonderful home to live in!

Frank and Janet Reale


  • Judy and Norm Shackelton, Annapolis, Maryland

    First project: Custom home

    Second project: Deck railing

    Third project: Added basement wall partition for workshop

    Villa Builders built us a very beautiful, high quality home. Both Jeff and Joanne were very nice to deal with. They took on the challenge to work with us while we were still living ‘out of state'. It was a challenge for all of us but all worked out well.

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