Spring cleaning happens to be something many people do, but probably only a few people understand what it is to winterize your home. Fall means winter season is around the corner, and you should use the occasion to make sure that your house is ready for it. Fall, with the attendant dying out of leafy growth, is an excellent time to examine your residence’s walls, since it will be easier to spot any shrubs that are becoming invasive. Exterior siding is easily damaged by roots and vines that cling to the surface – even bricks aren’t immune – and they should be cleaned off.
When they are no longer needed to do any watering, the garden hose should all be emptied and rolled up to be placed into storage for the winter. The water to the exterior faucets should be turned off, so that they can drain and get dry. When you believe you won’t make use of the garden furniture once again that year, get it cleaned and stored in a dry place. You need to protect any young trees you’ve got with mulch, particularly in their first year of growth. All drainage ditches really should be cleared to enable them to cope with any heavy rains.
Once the weather starts to get colder, it is time to start thinking about fireplaces. Almost everyone requires a chimney sweep at the same time when a cold spell shows up, so call early to beat the rush. In case you use firewood, don’t delay in finding someone and getting a good supply built up. If you make use of a fireplace during the winter, you should check all of your smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Also check the flashing around the chimney, this is a source of many leaks.
As far as outside the home focus on the following: The connections to the Christmas lights may become brittle and crack if you don’t ever take them down, so check them for sufficient flexibility. Check your outbuildings and sheds for rotting boards and make repairs or replace them as needed. When you use storm windows, they must be installed with weatherstripping to be completely weather tight. You need to check if some of the weather-stripping has become dried out from the summer’s heat and should be replaced. The windows usually are seldom opened in winter, so it will be necessary to check the condition of the filters in the range hood as well as the air conditioner returns.
Check the ground around your home to make sure that it still slopes away. In case water happens to drain into the cellar, or the foundation, that can be bad news for your house. The first damage is wet rot, which sooner or later leads to dry rot, and this is definitely something to be prevented anywhere in your home. Regularly inspect your home for warning signs of seepage.
Leaks will not be kept away forever, so check the places where leaks most commonly occur, these being the roofing, the guttering, the downpipes and the interior plumbing. If you find any type of leaks, you should obviously get them fixed. Prevent a draft by covering up air-conditioning units, and look at wrapping exterior pipes, especially if the house is older. After a summer of tracking dirt into the home shampooing the carpets is recommended. While you are at it, you might also thoroughly clean the windows.