Winterization Tips

By Julien Cayton

Summer has come and gone. Bring on winter with all it’s unpredictability! Here are some tips to help you safeguard your home against whatever winter can throw at us.

Vents & Hose Bibs:

  1. Disconnect hoses from exterior faucets, then cover faucets to protect from freezing.
  2. Install insulation blocks in crawlspace vents.  This helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  3. Clear irrigation lines of water.


  1. Change out furnace filters and consider having a professional inspect your heating system.
  2. Chimney flu should be cleaned out.
  3. If you will be burning wood, ensure that you have fire safe and dry areas to store wood.  Check your HOA documents for any community regulations on wood storage.
  4. Inspect or install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Doors & Windows

  1. Check doors and windows for cold drafts.  Seal drafts with caulking, or all-weather sealing strips.
  2. Replace broken glass.
  3. Inspect window and door trims for touch-up paint.

Roofs & Gutters

  1. Clear roofs, and gutters of needles and moss that can impede water from evacuating your roof.
  2. Take time to understand your roof plan and where snow and ice will likely accumulate.  Create a plan early to deal with potential ice dams, snow build up and leaks.
  3. If possible, install heat tape in known locations where ice dams are likely to form.  Heat tape is typically installed before ice forms.

Roads & Storm Drains

  1. Ensure all drainage areas (storm drains, dry wells, dry swales, and French drains) are clear of debris that would prevent proper drainage and water permeating the ground.
  2. Start planning for snow removal.  Where will you pile snow?  Where can you park your car safely off the street?

Some of The Best Dining Places In Bend, Oregon

You’ve just moved to Bend and don’t know the dining places or restaurants? Worry not! As Bend has some of the finest dining places in the Northwest. The diversity in the cuisine and the expert chefs in the area offer you foods that will satisfy your taste buds .

The lines below give some of the finest dining places and restaurants in Bend, Oregon that can curb your hunger and give you the taste the like of which you might not have experienced before.

Old Mill District:         


The hub of dining and restaurants is in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon. All sorts of cuisines are offered by the various restaurants and food outlets of Old Mill District. In this hub of restaurants, there is something for everyone. There are restaurants that offer simple and healthy foods, some offer perfect environment for date night while there are others that allow you quality family time. Therefore, whether you are a bachelor, a couple or a happy family, in Old Mill District you can find the place of your liking. What are the restaurants and what do they serve? Make a quick list.

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Pronghorn Chanterelle:


If you are looking for a culinary experience that is refined and rustic at the same time, then the best place to go in Bend is Pronghorn Chanterelle. The Chanterelle offers an environment that is equally enjoyable for a dinner for two or for occasional celebrations with family and friends. As far as the culinary experience is concerned, the cuisines offered by the Chanterelle take your palate to a sensual ride.

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900 Wall Restaurant:


900 Wall restaurant is renowned for its contemporary continental food. They offer French, Italian and American cuisine with seasonal inspiration. The other thing for which the restaurant is known is the wine program where you have the option of selecting from 200 wines collected from countries all over the world. Therefore, a combination of continental cuisine, an elegant ambiance and a wide selection of wine is what will provide the dining experience you crave and wish.

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Next Level Burger:


Next Level Burger really takes the concept of burger to the next level with its 100% organic and non-GMO Plant based burgers. The food outlet is committed towards offering the renowned junk food in the healthiest form possible. So, if you are a lover of organic food, yet you have a knack for fast food, then Next Level Burger is the place you need to visit.

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Brasada Ranch:


Another great place for fresh and healthy food lovers in Bend, Oregon is Brasada Ranch. The expertise of Executive Chef and the freshness of organic ingredients provide a healthy eating experience to the food lovers on daily basis. In Barsada Ranch you can have a luxury culinary experience that exceeds all the expectations that you have from organic food.

How many of the above restaurants have you tried in Bend? What kind of experience did you have? Would you recommend any of the above or any other restaurant that you have tried? We would love to hear your recommendations.

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