The winter season and cold weather is quickly approaching.
That means it’s time for you to protect your home from any damage that can be caused as a result of the chilly weather.
Here are a few ways to get your home winter ready before it’s too late.
Have Your Furnace Serviced
A routine check during the fall can really go a long way. You want to make sure everything is running properly and efficiently. If there are repairs needed, doing it earlier allows you to have enough time before the cold weather begins.
Check Your Doors & Windows For Leaks
Make sure all your doors and windows in the house are properly sealed. This will ensure that your home stays warm throughout the winter. Check all the strips along the doors and windows, replacing the ones that are damaged.
Sweep The Chimney
You probably haven’t used your chimney much and it’s very important to have it cleaned before using it. This will help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from building up.
Clean Out The Gutters
Leaves and other debris quickly build up throughout the fall season. Clogged gutters prevent rain and snow from draining properly, causing damages to your house.
Inspect The Roof
See if your roof has any missing or damaged sections that need to be patched up. If repairs are needed, call a professional and get your roof fixed before the wet weather begins.
Shut Off Outdoor Faucets
You won’t be watering anything and it’s better to shut off everything. Water left in the pipes can cause it to burst.
Trim Your Bushes & Trees
Make sure any overgrown bushes or trees are trimmed back away from your house and electrical wires. This will help decrease your risk of property damage and power problems.
Repair Patios & Pavers
A loose patio stone or paving stone will only get worse over the winter as the natural freeze and thaw cycle of the soil hoists it farther out of place in a process called frost heave. Have loose stones reset by a mason or handyperson in the fall.
Mark Garden Beds, Paths & Driveways
It's going to be tough to see where driveways, flower beds, or walkways end and your lawn begins after rough winter conditions. Use "fiberglass snow poles or driveway markers every several feet to line the edges of these areas. That helps provide a clear path whether you’re blowing or shoveling snow yourself or you hire a professional plow driver".