Winter is just around the corner so here are a few helpful hints on preparing your home for the winter months.
Remove moss from roof. (Avoid pressure washing as this often causes more damage than good. Solutions and instructions can be found at home home improvement centers.)
Check condition of flashing and repair any loose or damaged shingles.
Clean gutters. (Even small amounts of debris can clog downspouts.)
Keep trees and branches trimmed 6 feet from roof and off power lines.
Trim all vegetation 12 inches away from siding.
Keep earth 6 inches below/away from siding and all other wood while maintaining a gentle slope away from the home.
Remove all debris away from home such as leaves to help keep pests away.
Store firewood at least ten feet from the home to help avoid pest infestation.
To help protect your home from water keep all gaps and joints in siding, even around doors and windows, caulked and keep well painted and sealed.
Add storm windows in older homes for better heat efficiency.
Insulate plumbing lines to help protect them from freezing.
Keep all foundation vents unblocked year round, except during freezing weather, to provide adequate ventilation especially in the winter months when it is most damp. (Measure and purchase correct size vent plugs before freezing weather arrives.)
Have chimneys and flues professionally cleaned before use. (soot build-up can lead to flue fires which often cause house fires.)
Gas/propane furnaces should be serviced on an annual basis.
Have heat registers professionally cleaned (or vacuum out as far as possible) to cut down on dust or other impurities in the air.
Check weather stripping around doors and windows. (If you can see light around a closed door improvement is needed.)
Replace smoke alarm batteries.
Add carbon monoxide monitors if your home uses gas or propane for any appliances or has an attached garage. (They are also needed is you burn wood.)
If you do have "frost free" house faucets turn water to facets off or insulate them at interior and exterior.
Remove all hoses. Even is you have "frost free" faucets freezing water from hose can damage lines.
Author:Chris Erdmann Phone: 360-739-4236 Dated: November 19th 2013 Views: 35,645 About Chris: ...
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