Winter is coming and I want you to be prepared. Here are some things that you should do before the snow falls to keep your house in tip-top shape!
- Clean gutters and downspouts; make sure drainage areas are free of leaves and other debris. (Investing in gutter guards will make this easier!)
- Use a screwdriver to test the wood trim around windows, doors, railing, and decks. Use caulk to fill any holes, or replace rotten wood.
- Inspect your roof, or hire someone to do it. Shingles that are curling or cracking should be replaced.
- While you’re on the roof, check flushing around windows, pipes, and chimney – you don’t want snow getting in any gaps!
- Remove, drain, and store garden hoses.
- Turn off exterior spigots and drain them of water.
- Wrap water pipes in exterior walls with heating tape to save energy and prevent freezing.
- Use an incense stick to check your windows and doors for drafts, and replace the weatherstripping and caulking as needed.
- Check your foundation for any cracks.
- Check your chimney for soot, and have it swept if there is more than 1/8 inch. Install caps so that pests and debris stay outside!
- If you’re storing firewood, keep it at least 15 feet from your house to keep any termites at a safe distance.
For more tips on maintaining your systems and gardens, and discouraging pests and making sure your home is safe, visit the DIY Network.