Winterize The Indoors And Outdoors of Your House
Have you been researching ways to get your home ready for winter? Well, there’s no better time than now to implement these ideas.
With outdoor temperatures rapidly plummeting, there’s no doubt we’re just a couple of days away from potentially icy conditions. And even though it doesn’t snow as often in Austin, the wintry elements can still be tough on your home.
That’s why it’s important to start thinking about garden winterization early. In this post, I’ll provide you with a detailed guide to winterizing the indoors and outdoors of your home.
Make Sure Your Heating System Is Ready
The last thing you want in the winter is for your heating system to stop working. Take charge of the situation before a problem occurs by prepping your heating system for the winter. Here’s what you need to do:
● Hire an HVAC professional to inspect your heating system. During the inspection, the technician will do a couple of things, such as:
❖ Detect leaks and signs of rotting
❖ Clean the heating system
❖ Ensure all the controls work optimally
❖ Check for carbon monoxide leaks
● Clear the area near your furnace. If there is anything that was put in close proximity to the furnace during the warmer months, it should be moved. This helps eliminate fire hazards.
● Test your thermostat. Check and/or replace the battery in your thermostat so you’re certain it will work in the winter.
Inspect All Your Doors And Windows
Prepare your doors and windows for winter by using caulking to seal up any cracks. If your old caulking is showing any sign of cracks or breaks, it’s better to replace it completely to prevent cold air from coming in and warm air from escaping.
You should also check the weather stripping on your doors. Is it worn out or loose? If it is, you’ll also need to replace it to prevent the cold air from getting in.
Don’t ignore your window repairs! If some of your windows are cracked or damaged, this is the perfect time to replace them or get them fixed. Fixing your windows early on can help you avoid pricey repairs down the line.
It also helps to check whether your current doors and windows are energy efficient. Inefficient doors and windows can cause your utility bills to skyrocket, especially in the winter when they’re forced to work harder.
Double Check Your Plumbing
Very few homeowners remember to check their plumbing before the winter. But this is another part of your home that requires special attention.
Here’s the deal: when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, the water in your pipes can freeze. The ice can expand in the pipes and cause damage.
To avoid this, consider doing the following:
● Look for insulation sleeves to insulate your pipes.
● Add a heating source near your pipes to protect them from extreme cold.
● Monitor your faucets — as long as your faucets are all used regularly, you can be sure they won’t get to the point where they start to freeze.
Winterize Your Garden
A small amount of garden preparation before the winter will set it up to thrive come spring. The exact tasks you’ll need to take on will depend on the types of plants in your garden. However, there are a few general practices for garden winterization:
● Remove leaves – clean up any thick layers of leaves from your garden.
● Move any vulnerable plants indoors.
● Add mulch to prevent the growth of pesky weeds during the winter season.
You can learn more tips about garden winterization here.
Prepare Your Gutters
When winter begins, your gutters are probably the last thing you think about. But it’s important that you’re prepared in this area, as well.
Start by cleaning out any leaves and debris from your gutters. If you don’t have the time or just don’t fancy cleaning gutters, you can always take advantage of our professional gutter cleaning services.
Next, check your gutters for signs of wear and tear. If there are any cracks, seal them up. Don’t forget to check the joints and the overall condition of the gutters to make sure they’re in pristine condition for the harsh weather ahead.
Another important thing to check is whether your gutters are aligned properly. Misaligned gutters spell trouble, as they can leak and cause water to pool at the base of your home.
Check Your Roof
Before the winter season kicks in, you’ll want to have your roof inspected by a professional. A licensed contractor will be able to examine the state of your roof safely and effectively.
Some of the things they’ll look out for include open and loose seams, gaps, punctures in the membrane, cracked caulking, and more.
It’s also a good idea to have your roof cleaned off. There shouldn’t be any branches, trash, or household equipment on your roof.
Once your roof is inspected and cleared off, assess your home’s surroundings. Winters in Austin can be windy and this means any surrounding trees are a potential hazard to your home, especially to your roof.
Protect Your Outdoor Furniture
To take on this project, you’ll need to do a final cleaning of all your outdoor furniture. There’s no point in storing your outdoor furniture for the winter if it’s dirty. Come spring, it’ll be much harder to clean, at best. At worst, it’ll be covered in mold and mildew.
For outdoor furniture made of mesh, plastic, or wrought iron, clean with a solution of soap and water. For wooden pieces, look for a cleanser that’s specially designed to clean wood. Another smart move is to add an extra layer of protection, using either wax or polish.
Lastly, cover all your furniture before storing it away. This is crucial to protect it from dust, moisture, and other outdoor elements.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort and time to prepare your home for the winter season. With the right knowledge and tools, you can winterize your home using these simple tips.
Get your indoors ready by checking your heating system, plumbing, windows, doors, and other entryways.
For the outdoors, have a roof inspection, clean your gutters, and prepare your outdoor furniture before packing it away.
If you have a garden, winterize it by cleaning out the excess leaves, adding mulch, and moving any vulnerable plants indoors.
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