Get Your Home Ready For Winter
8 Things To Do Now to Prepare Your Home For Winter
1. CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
Once the last leaves fall make sure to clean out all of your gutters. Clogged and dirty gutters can cause water to pool damaging your roof and siding. The fall is a great time to get gutter screens installed to make future clean up easier.
2. CHECK ALL WINDOWS FOR DRAFTS
Weatherstripping is easy to install and can help energy costs caused by heat loss through windows and doors.
3. DRAIN YOUR OUTDOOR FAUCETS AND DISCONNECT YOUR HOSES
Drain and disconnect all garden hoses and make sure your spigot is frost proof. A burst pipe can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home.
4. FERTILIZE YOUR LAWN
Your lawn needs to be fed so that the roots can continue to grow and allow for a vibrant green lawn in the spring.
5. SERVICE YOUR SPRINKLERS AND IRRIGATION SYSTEM
Proper flushing of the irrigation lines prior to the winter prevents lines from freezing and breaking.
6. CHECK YOUR ROOF
Have your roof inspected to make sure that all of the plumbing boots are sound and there are no missing shingles or areas where water and ice can penetrate.
7. HAVE YOUR FURNACE INSPECTED AND WINTERIZE YOUR AIR CONDITIONING
Cover your outdoor AC Unit to protect it in the winter and have your furnace inspected. Now is a great time to change your filters and have your ducts cleaned.
8. CLEAN YOUR FIREPLACE AND GET YOUR CHIMNEY INSPECTED
Make sure you have a chimney cap protecting your chimney from debris and critters. Also, have your chimney cleaned and swept so that your winter fires can burn safely.