Is your house ready for winter? Following a maintenance schedule throughout the year can definitely benefit you in the winter, but it’s also important to be aware of the hazards that the cold conditions can bring during the season. Here’s a basic checklist to prep your house for the colder weather.
- Clean, de-rust, and wash your patio furniture. If the patio furniture has cushions, wash them and store them for the season. If you can, store the furniture itself in a warm and dry location. If storage is not an option, cover your hardwood furniture with a tarp or weatherproof cover.
- Find the indoor water shutoff for all outside water lines and turn it off. Turn on the spigots and empty them. Empty out your hoses and store them indoors as well.
- Aerate and seed your lawn. This allows the grass to get more water and grow more going into fall and winter.
- Clean your gutters. You may want to consider getting gutter guards to use year-round to block out gunk. Also, while you are up there be sure to glance around the gutters and roof for moss and algae. It grows at a very slow pace, but can do a lot of damage by keeping the roof below permanently wet and causing rot.
- If it’s been 5 years or more since you’ve done so, seal your chimney. This will prevent costly, damaging leaks to your brick, block, or cement chimney.
These are just a few of the steps you can take to winter proof your house. Other factors you will want to consider are replacing HVAC filters indoors, weatherizing your windows and doors with draft stoppers and/or caulking, and insulating your water heater.
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