Get Your Property Ready for Winter Months
Winterizing your home is not the most fun part of a weekend project but very much needed. Take the time to protect your investment. Fall is a really good time to start thinking about your home maintenance as well as getting it ready for the colder weather.
Maintain gutters and pipes. Make sure there are no leaves and other debris. Clean gutters will allow water to drain properly. If your gutters back up, they overflow, and when they overflow, that water runs down your home, speeding up the deterioration of your exterior. It is not a bad idea to insulate your pipes to reduce the loss of heating and also prevent them from freezing and bursting.
Check for air leaks by windows and doors. Use the old method of holding the candle near a window or door and check if it flicks.
Check your heating and air conditioning. Furnaces, boilers, and chimneys should be serviced at least once a year to ensure they are running efficiently. Don’t forget to change filters. Keep in mind that heating and air systems typically last 12 to 15 years. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, this is a great time to hire a chimney sweep.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Winter is the time most house fires happen. Check all of your smoke detectors to make sure they are working and that they have good batteries. If your home is not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, consider getting some.
If your lawn has a sprinkler system, ensure it is properly shut down for the season. Most sprinkler systems require the lines to be blown out. It’s well worth the cost for a professional rather than replacing a bunch of broken lines next spring.
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