That winter chill will soon be on its way. With the weather changing, it’s important to get your home ready for the cold. We’ve put together a list of 3 things you can get done in one weekend to prep for the winter season.
Winterize and Check Pipes
Take proper care to prep pipes for freezing temperatures. Winterize outside faucets and sprinkler systems by disconnecting garden hoses and draining excess water from all pipes.
Protect pipes with added insulation like foam pipe sleeves or insulation tape. Common areas to check are crawl spaces, basements, and attics.
Check for signs of leaks under sinks. Look for condensation or corrosion up and around pipes. Replace rubber hoses with braided lines for added security.
Know where water shut-off valves are located so that you know how to turn them off if there is a water emergency.
Clean and clear out all gutters to prevent icicles and ice dams. Fix holes or other damages. Check for proper drainage from downspouts. Make sure water is moving away from the home and add extenders if needed.
Trim back and cut away any tree branches that may fall on your home or other structures during a storm.
Ventilation & Safety
Vacuum and clean exhaust fans of dust in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
Carefully check seals around windows and doors. Repair or replace damaged areas.
Check and clean out dryer vents for blockages to ensure proper function and venting to the outside of the home.
Set ceiling fans to turn clockwise. This pulls cold air up and pushes warm air down. It also helps to circulate air, preventing condensation on walls, windows, and doors.
If using a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, make sure it has been properly cleaned, maintained, and inspected.
Check that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are installed and in working order. Replace batteries twice a year or as needed.
Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher for the kitchen, master bedroom, and garage. Put the fire extinguisher in easy to reach areas and be sure everyone knows how to use it properly.
To make sure your heating system is functioning properly, change filters and have it checked by a qualified technician.
Cold weather can swoop in quickly and unexpectedly. Don’t be caught unprepared. Avoid potential damages this winter season by getting your home prepped and ready.