Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s dark by 6pm, leaves are making the yard a mess, and temperatures are dropping consistently. Before you start burrowing in for total winter hibernation, break out the old home winterization check list. If you’re a new homeowner, brush up on some home maintenance which can save you in the long run.
Gutters: Cleaning out your gutters may not be how you want to plan a Saturday afternoon, but removing debris, leaves, and any dead critters which could be in there so that ice and snow won’t build up and cause potential ceiling leaks.
Trim trees: If you’re uncomforable doing it yourself, hiring a professional to trim your branches could help protect your home, vehicle, and family from hazardous falling branches due to excess weight from snow and ice.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Not only do residential fires increase in the winter, but so does carbon monoxide poisoning—so regularly check that your detectors are in working condition.
Plumbing: Now is a good time to check for cracks and leaks in your pipes to avoid potential flooding. Ensure your outdoor water spouts are covered and protected and that your pipes are well insulated. If you have a vacant property without the heat on, turn the water spouts on in a steady stream to relieve any pressure build up.
Heating Systems: Furnaces, boilers and chimneys should be serviced at least once a year to prevent fire and smoke damage.