How to Best Prepare Your Home for Winter
It is hard to believe daylight savings has come and gone, and winter is almost here. With the time change, it is getting darker sooner which means it is time to prepare your home for winter!
At Exteria we have an arsenal of DIY tools to get you set up for winter success. Here are our top 5 ways to prepare for winter.
- Clearing out your gutter before the snow hits is crucial.
Cleaning out your gutter seems easy and simple, but most people forget this step altogether. Depending on the age of your gutters, you will need to make sure they are securely in place to ensure they can handle snow and ice. If you do not do this, you could have severe gutter damage come spring. Investing in a gutter cover system is an easy solution for keeping them clean. This is important because whatever gets left in your gutter will become frozen and turn into debris which can lead to even more damage.
- Make sure your shingles are correctly attached to your roof.
If you do not maintain your roof, not only will it be costly, but it is also dangerous for you and your loved ones. First, learn the age of your roof. If you can see the shingle unhinged or torn, these are visible signs it is time to do some major repairs before winter arrives. A poor roof can lead to water damage and during the coming winter months, ice damage. This can create a gap between your shingles and your roof. If your shingles are in working order, we suggest installing heating cables. During cold winter months, these cables can eliminate the threat of severe roof damage. Keeping snow off the top and simultaneously protecting the edges of your roof, heating cables are a fantastic investment. Roof rakes are also incredible investments to keep your roof in working order.
- Make sure your furnace is working.
First off, learning the history, age, and brand of your furnace is paramount. We highly recommend having it checked at least every other year. Letting a professional inspect your furnace will help you determine best practices for the coming winter months. Don’t forget to replace your furnace air filter. This needs to be done every two to three months. Make sure always to check for dust and debris when changing it. If you have a chimney, make sure that you get it inspected by a professional as well and that your burners are free of debris and dust.
- It is time to pack up the patio furniture.
Patio furniture is a staple for owning a home with a breathtaking yard, but during the winter months it can get damaged or even become a hazard. When packing your outside furniture, make sure that you keep everything clean and leave the dirt behind. It is also important to check for bugs before bringing your furniture into storage. Disassemble your furniture and wrap it extremely well to keep it stored safely.
- Drain your outside hoses.
Many families forget to do this every year. Make sure you detach your garden hoses and close the inside shut off valves. Don’t forget to drain the faucet fixture before it gets too cold and freezes. Frozen water expands 10% more than regular water, which can lead to property damage if you leave your hose on, or not properly cleaned for winter. Closing the shutoff off valve, disconnecting your hoses and draining the faucet will save you time, energy and peace of mind.
Winter does not have to be stressful. Exteria is here to help you every step of the way. For more DIY tips and tricks you can visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
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