Fall Signifies It Is Time For Your Home To Be Winterized

Spring cleaning is something many people do, but probably only a few people understand what it is to winterize your house. Once fall arrives you need to inspect your home’s readiness for the upcoming winter. Fall, with the attendant dying out of leafy growth, is a great time to examine your residence’s walls, since it will be easier to spot any shrubs that are becoming invasive. Clean off roots and vines adhering to the siding, or else they may cause damage – even bricks are vulnerable.
Once you have done your final watering, drain, roll up and store all the hose. The external faucets have to have the water turned off, and then allowed to drain dry. Have the garden 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 developing, and especially those that have not endured a winter, shield them by placing mulch around the base of their stems. To help avoid your yard from starting to be sodden if major rains occur, make sure that any drainage ditches are clear.
Winter naturally turns one’s thoughts to fireplaces. Try to get your chimney swept just in time, before the first cold spell, because that’s typically when everyone wakes up and wants it done. When you use firewood, do not hold off in finding someone and getting a good supply built up. Try rural areas when it is convenient, where local people may sell firewood without the cost of advertising. Even if you don’t make use of a fireplace, make sure that any smoke alarms work. The cords to the Christmas lights may become brittle and crack if you don’t ever take them down, so check them for sufficient flexibility. If you normally install storm windows, the time has come to do it. You should assess if any of the weather-stripping has become dried out from the summer’s heat and should be replaced.
During the winter, the windows remain closed most of the time, so make sure that the filtering system in your range hood are in good working order. Do a check of the ground-slope all around the home, ensuring that it falls away from the walls. In case water goes on to drain into the cellar, or the foundation, that can be bad news for your house. The first deterioration is wet rot, which sooner or later leads to dry rot, and this is definitely something to be avoided anywhere in your home. Frequently examine your home for indications of seepage.
Leaking cannot be kept at bay forever, so check the places where leaks most commonly occur, these being the roofing, the guttering, the downpipes and the interior plumbing. It’s a given, but all the leaks should be repaired. You should cover up the air-conditioning units to prevent drafts, while, particularly with older homes, it is worth cladding the exterior pipes. It’s really a good idea to shampoo the carpets, since dust is more noticeable in the winter. Wind up by cleaning the glass windows.