Preparing Your House for Winter

Now that autumn is upon us, we recommend preparing your home for the incoming nasty weather. Rain, wind, thunderstorms, snow, and hail are about to end up at your doorstep.

Water is one of the most destructive elements to homes. The damages it causes can be obvious or sneaky. For example, the effects of a flood on your home are often evident when you have a pool of water on your main floor, while the impact of heavy rain leaking through your roof isn't always noticeable immediately.
Wind doesn't help the situation either. Any loose shingles or siding can fly off and be very hazardous in high winds. High winds also can cause tree branches to fall and damage your roof. And wind can come through cracks in your window and door frames, effectively creating a draft that wastes your home's energy and money.
Home in the winter
Snow and ice can pull off your gutters and back up water which can cause water to leak through your roof. Cold weather drives bugs and critters into your home.

Because of the potential severity of the damages caused by weather events, it is vital to ensure your home is ready to take on the weight and severity of autumn and winter weather. And it is critical to recheck areas after a storm.

Below are important home projects to complete in the fall:
  • Roof survey, repair, or replacement 
  • Chimney and roof vent survey and repair
  • Gutter and downspout cleaning and repair or replacement 
  • Window survey, clean and repair, or replacement
  • Window screens – remove and store
  • Door and garage door survey and weather stripping 
  • Exterior and ceiling light survey, replace bulbs

  • Drain, disconnect, and store hoses

  • Insulate hose bibbs

  • Cover and/or store outdoor furniture

  • Siding and trim caulking and repair or replacement

  • Furnace duct check and cleaning and filter replacement

  • Refrigerator maintenance

  • Kitchen exhaust hood – clean or replace

  • Garbage disposal check and maintenance

  • Survey all interior water sources – 

    • hot water heater
    • laundry room
    • kitchen sinks and dishwasher connections and replace fixtures as needed. 
  • Trim landscaping, so it is not touching the siding

  • Grade dirt/soil/bark away from siding, leaving 4-6" space from siding to ground

  • Test smoke detectors 

We don't like seeing our clients put in difficult situations, such as being left without heat or having a leaking roof. We want to ensure you are safe and sound when bad weather comes knocking. To schedule a time for us to visit and make any repairs to your home, give us a call, or fill out our online form.

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