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November 24, 2023

Mastering Winter: Vitalia Stow’s Plant Operations Director Shares Cold Weather Prep Tips

Category: Senior Living

Author: David Ritter, Plant Operations Director

As the Plant Operations Director at Vitalia Stow. I know the importance of preparing the community and my home for the cold winter weather. To prepare your house for winter weather, start by inspecting and sealing any gaps or cracks in doors, windows, and walls to prevent drafts and conserve heat. Please be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts to make sure you get the proper drainage. Thus preventing ice dams that can damage your roof and walls when snow and ice accumulate. 

Check your heating system and replace air filters. Schedule a professional inspection to ensure it’s functioning efficiently and safely for the colder months. Insulate your home properly by adding weatherstripping to doors and windows. Add insulation to your attic and walls to retain heat and lower energy bills. Remember also to prepare your outdoor spaces. Drain and store garden hoses, cover outdoor furniture, and trim tree branches that could damage your home during winter storms. 

My activities to prepare for colder weather in the community include draining all outside fixtures, removing fountains from ponds, winterizing the sprinkler system, and taking in the water hoses. Salt is ordered for the entries. I meet with the snow removal company, so we’re on the same page regarding expectations.

At home, I extend downspouts away from the house and seal cracks in the pavement to keep moisture out. Check for any loose shingles and siding, check sweeps on the doors, including the garage, and pressure wash the concrete to get rid of mold and keep moisture down during freezing weather.

The benefits of preparing are lowering the cost of freezing and reducing the chance of staff or residents having accidents. By preparing properly, there can also be a direct effect on the margin for our company.

A little time and money spent preparing for wintry weather will pay off great dividends through energy savings. There is no way to stop “Old Man Winter” from arriving at your door, but with some preparation, he’ll stay outside where he belongs!

VITALIA® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.

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