I know we all live in one of the best climates in the country, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect that winter maintenance on your home. There are many general maintenance to-dos that should be taken care of before they become an issue. Check out this list below offered by our friends at www.ahrn.com.
Gutters and Downspouts
- Clean out your gutters to prevent a build-up of leaves and other debris. Gutters clogged with leaves and branches from over-hanging trees can lead to numerous problems including wood rot, pest infestations, and leaky roofs.
- Make sure downspouts are securely fastened and are draining away from the building. When that inevitable rain finally comes, you do not want pooling around the perimeter of your home, especially near entrances.
Landscape and Yardwork
- While it seems that grass stops growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed the lawn.
- Prune trees and shrubs to promote healthy growth.
- Trim any tree limbs that are close to power lines or the roof of the house. Over-hanging limbs not only allow for leaves/debris to fall onto your roof but also create access to animals.
- Consider having a heating professional check the heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover any problems before it turns into an emergency.
- Replace the furnace filter. There’s nothing worse than a gush of dusty, dirty air the first time you run your heater in 8 months.
- Clean the ducts to increase the heating system’s efficiency as well as reduce household dust.
Chimney and Fireplace
- Call a professional in to inspect and clean the chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
- Test the fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed to minimize heat loss.
Don’t forget the pets!
- Dog coats and sweaters aren’t just a fashion statement. Some breeds are built for the cold and can handle it much better than breeds with short hair. Make sure your pup is comfortable and the clothes do not restrict movement or visibility.
- Dogs and cats can get dry, itchy skin during winter months. Think about getting a humidifier, which will add moisture to the air and help keep skin hydrated. Also, regular brushing will help get rid of dead hair and stimulates the production of more oil.
If you have any tips for prepping your home (or your pets) for winter, please let us know by commenting below!