Winter is coming!!Here are a few tips and checklists to prepare your home for the chilly months ahead. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to keep your house safe and warm.
Routine maintenance can help prevent irreversible damage from occurring and costly repairs in the future. Here are a few home maintenance tips that will have your home prepared for the winter season.
Check your heating system
Ensure proper safety in the home by checking smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms and changing the batteries. Ensure a ready-to-use fire extinguisher is located in a safe, known location and a first aid kit is accessible for emergencies.
Clean All The Gutters From Your Roof
Remove leaves and debris from gutters and flush with water to prevent ice accumulation and damage. Check for any tilting in the gutters and make adjustment as necessary. Follow ladder safety guidelines when working on this project.
Winterize Your Lawn
Even though the fall leaves look beautiful on the lawn, they can kill your grass if left on the ground for long periods of time. Use the mower to mulch every four days. Remove any dead branches you find in your lawn.
If you live northern cold climate, spread the grass seeds in dead patches lawn area for next year.
Fix the cracks in the driveway and sidewalk
In general, repairing a crack in a driveway or sidewalk faster is better. Cracks left untreated will continue to enlarge and will result in more damage to the property. In addition, sealing driveway and sidewalk cracks in the winter helps prevent water from pooling up and freezing.
Check Your Windows And Doors
If you notice any damage to the doors or windows, fix them immediately. The sealing up of cracks and openings will allow homeowners to save up to 20% on heating costs.
Protect Outdoor Furniture
If you have the space, you can also store furniture in a garage, shed or basement. By covering your patio furniture with a heavy tarp, you’ll keep it safe from the rust .If you have the space, you can also store furniture in a garage, shed or basement.
Install Storm Windows and Doors
Storm doors and windows minimize heat loss during the colder months, particularly for those with single-pane windows. Special-order storm windows and doors are available at home improvement stores. Take accurate measurements before ordering.
Turn Off Exterior Faucets
Water in pipes that hasn’t been drained can freeze, causing them to explode as the ice expands. Disconnect your garden hoses and also drain the water in the faucets. If you don’t have frost proof faucets just turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.
You’ll be able to enjoy the winter season to its fullest when your home is ready for the upcoming cold weather.
As you prepare your winter home maintenance checklist, you can rest easy knowing your house will be fully prepared for any freezes or snowstorms.