Autumn Usually Means It Is Time For Your Home To Be Winterized
Added: (Wed Jul 05 2017)
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Knowing what spring cleaning implies, you probably have some notion what it means to winterize your home. It is a good strategy every fall, to check out the house and see if it is prepared to get through another winter. During fall it is actually easier to examine the outside of the home, since the foliage is dying away and you can more easily see if shrubs are attached to the house. Clean away roots and vines clinging to the siding, otherwise they may cause damage - even bricks are vulnerable.
Once you have completed your last watering, bleed dry, roll up and store all the hose. The water to any outside faucets should be turned off, to make sure they can drain and get dry. Get the patio furniture cleaned up and stored somewhere dry, once you are done using it till the following year. In case you have any trees which are still young, and especially those that have not endured a winter, shield them by placing mulch around the base of their stems. To accommodate extra rainfall, you should clean out any drainage ditches that you have.
Once the temperature starts to get colder, it is time to start thinking about fireplaces. Try to get your chimney swept in time, before the first cold spell, because that's typically when everyone wakes up and wants it done. If you are most likely to need firewood, locate a source and set up a good stock early. Try rural areas whenever ot convenient, where natives may sell firewood without the cost of advertising. Although you don't use a fireplace, make sure that any smoke alarms will work. The connections to the Christmas lights can become brittle and crack if you don't ever take them down, so check them for sufficient flexibility. And now is the time to get the storm windows installed. Summer dries out weather-stripping, and so check if they need changing.
Verify the effective working order of the cooktop hood filters, since during winter the windows are mostly closed. Make certain that the slope of the soil around your house will still allow water to flow away. Water bleeding out into the basement and the footing can cause significant problems. The first affect is wet rot, which sooner or later leads to dry rot, and this is definitely something to be avoided anywhere in your home. Make the effort of checking, at regular time periods, that water is not seeping into your home.
It appears to be unavoidable that water leaks come, and the most likely places are the roof, the gutter and down-spouts, and the inside plumbing. If you find any type of leaks, you should obviously get them remedied. Wrap any exterior pipes, certainly so if your house is older, and reduce drafts by placing a cover over air-conditioning units. Your floor coverings might need to be shampooed to clear out dust which in winter is readily noticed. While you are at it, you might likewise clean the windows.