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7 Must-Do Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Did you know the first freeze typically occurs in October in the Washington, DC area? With that in mind, despite the recent mild temperatures, now is the time to start planning for the winter ahead. Exterior home preparation is critical to helping your home weather the harsh winter elements and avoiding damage. Consider the following steps to get your home ready for winter. Shut Off Your Hose Bibs Hose bibs are the water faucets to which your gardening hoses attach. Every year basements become flooded because water is allowed to remain inside the pipes through the freezing winter months, which… Read More >

Are you Ready for This Weekend’s Storm?

There’s nothing quite like the announcement of an approaching winter storm to send area residents scrambling to the store for bread, milk, “TP” and other common necessities. While many welcome the snowfall, winter storms can be challenging and downright daunting if you and your home are not prepared. Consider the following tips to help keep your family and home safe this winter, whatever this weekend may bring us. Plan Ahead Keep up-to-date on weather forecasts and plan accordingly. If there is the chance of a storm, it’s better to stock up ahead of time, rather than waiting until the last… Read More >

Are you Practicing Snow Safety?

Even though recent days have been unseasonably warm for the greater Washington DC area, sporadic cold spells and snow showers remind us that winter is still here. While some folks live it up on the slopes and school-aged children cherish the snow day, snow safety is an important topic for homeowners. Below are some tips to keep you, your family and your home safe during the winter season. Snow Shoveling Safety On average, more than 11,000 people are injured while snow shoveling per year. But doing some light exercises and stretches before getting started, dressing in layers that can be… Read More >

What You Should Know about Tankless Water Heaters

Have you decided it’s time to replace your water heater? Or, are you looking to make your home more energy efficient? In either case, following is an overview on how tankless water heaters work and some helpful advice on why a tankless unit may (or may not) be the best option for your home. Tankless Water Heaters 101 Also known as instantaneous or on-demand heaters, this type of water heater provides hot water only as needed, so no storage tank is required as with conventional units. Since the water isn’t continuously heated, it doesn’t produce the standby energy losses associated… Read More >

BOWA Offers Winter Storm Tips: Preparation is Crucial, Says Residential Design Build Contractor

Featured in: Loudoun Times-Mirror Excerpt:  “While everyone in the DC region is hoping we don’t experience another ‘snowmageddon,’ even minor winter storms can wreak havoc,” said Josh Baker, president of BOWA. “Doing some prep work in advance of a pending storm or frigid weather will ensure your family and home are protected.” BOWA offers the following tips to prepare for a winter storm” For More Information: Seasonal Checklist:  Plan Now for a Safe Fall and Winter Click here to view the full article in a new window  … Read More >

Are your Home and Family Ready for a Hurricane?

With Hurricane Irene moving up the eastern seaboard, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to preparing your home and family for whatever the storm may bring. A few simple preventative steps, outlined below, may help you to avoid costly repairs once the storms have passed.   Clear away yard debris and dead/dying branches Large branches or fallen trees can easily be tossed about by high winds during a storm. If you have trees near your home, be sure to trim any dead or dying branches, or at least ask your landscaper to do so at your next… Read More >

Is your Home Susceptible to Ice Damming?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the eave or valley of a roof and prevents proper drainage. Ice damming is most often caused by insufficient attic insulation and/or attic ventilation. An attic that is too warm causes roof snow to melt and slide down to the eaves. At the eaves, where the roof surface is cooler, the melting snow is likely to refreeze and cause a dam. Subsequent melting causes water to pool behind this dam, potentially leading to serious water damage. Costly damage may occur if water seeps between the shingle layers, wetting the… Read More >

Is your home ready? Follow this Winterizing Checklist

Did you know that the average first frost for the Washington, DC area is October 17th? While this week’s 75-degree days make it hard to believe, winter’s freezing temperatures are bound to be here before we know it! To protect your home and family, now is the time to plan ahead by scheduling service people or setting aside time to follow our winterizing checklist. Interior So simple, yet invaluable…you can’t afford to neglect these tips! Replace smoke detector batteries. Replace carbon monoxide batteries. Check and clean fireplaces and chimneys. Lock windows to keep them square. Exterior These few projects can… Read More >

Are your pipes ready for winter?

When water freezes in a copper pipe, the ice wins and the copper and your home loses. To avoid this potentially costly headache, it is essential that you take the proper steps to get water out of pipes in areas where freezing may occur. To help protect your pipes and home this winter, follow these quick steps: First, inside the house, shut off the water coming into the hose bib line. Next, outside the house, take three steps: open the hose bib disconnect the hose, and remove or open the backflow prevention device. Then, open the drain device at the… Read More >