Home Maintenance

Be Prepared for Winter: Easy Home Winterization

With winter fast approaching, it’s important to begin winterizing your home. There is a lot to do to prepare your home for the colder months ahead, so get a jump start on the process and stay warm, cozy, and stress free this winter!

Clean Windows Before It Gets Too Cold
Window upkeep is important year round and should be done at least two times a year. Not only will your windows stay clean and clear, but while you’re cleaning you’ll figure out if any of your windows have cracks or drafts and be able to fix them before the winter season. However, if you don’t have time or feel up to the task you could easily hire a window cleaner. Just be sure to schedule before it gets too cold so there aren’t any freezing problems during the window cleaning process.

Clean Your Gutters
You’ll want to clean out your gutters before the winter arrives. Having clear gutters will ensure that water is properly drained away from your house. However, if they are clogged during the winter season they can freeze and cause additional blockages. These blockages can lead to rain or melting snow soak into your homes roof or foundation, causing unwanted damage.

Prune Trees Around the House
We’ve all seen the damage branches can do to a house, especially when they are covered by heavy snow or ice. So take extra precaution this winter and prune tree branches hanging close to your house. Make sure to get this out of the way before the weather gets too cold!

Cover Landscape and Outdoor Accessories
Easily forgotten, its essential to take care of your landscape and outdoor accessories before winter hits. Cover patio furniture if you have it and disconnect hoses so they don’t freeze. Also, if you have a deck, consider giving a new coat of sealer if it needs it. For more information on yard care before winter check out Fall Garden Care for more information!

Protect Pipes From Freezing
Burst pipes are extremely costly. However, there are many precautions you can take to protect your pipes from freezing and potentially bursting! It’s okay to turn the heat down when you leave the house, but don’t turn it down too much, the pipes need that heat to prevent from freezing. Another precaution is to insulate exposed pipe around the house. Go to your closest hardware store and buy rubber foam or fiberglass sleeves to insulate exposed pipes. Lastly, if there is a serious cold snap let your faucets drip. This can provide relief to your pipes.

Get a Roof Rake
Roofs can only withstand about four feet of fresh snow before it gets stressed. So if your expecting huge winter storms with a lot of snowfall buy a roof rake to help clear off snow from you roof! Check out these roof rakes at Home Depot.

Be Prepared For a Winter Storm
There’s always one storm that drops a huge amount of snow every winter. So be prepared this winter for a major snowstorm and follow these tips to stay safe before, during, and after a major snowstorm.