Colorado is known for its wonky weather. Based on the early freeze and snow we have already experienced, there is no sooner time to Winterize your home. By getting the house winter-ready, homeowners can save time and money on potential accidents and repairs. Our homes are meant to be enjoyed year-round. Below are some standard practices to add to your fall maintenance.
Garden, Yard and Exterior
- Bushes and trees: if these are in contact with the house or roof, trim them away. Pull weeds, cut dead limbs, and remove old plants. Plant winter crops and set up frost cloths.
- Disconnect garden hose from outside faucets. If hose faucets are not frost-free type, be sure to turn off water on the inside of the house and the faucets are drained.
- Winterize sprinkler system before Halloween.
- Split and stack firewood.
- Foundation: walk around the house and check the slope of the soil. Make sure there are no areas that slope towards the foundation allowing the water to pond next to the house. If you have a crawlspace be sure to check it for moisture.
- Check the exterior of the windows and doors to be sure the caulking is in excellent condition.
- Check all outdoor lighting and replace bulbs.
- Roof: if possible walk the roof inspecting flashing and vent pipes to be sure they are in good condition.
- Gutters and down spouts: clean the leaves from the gutters and make sure the downspout diverters are carrying the water about 3-5 feet away from the foundation.
*CLEAN & STORE your gardening tools & equipment, patio furniture, and grill.
- Garage doors: inspect hinges to see they are secure to the door and test the reverse mechanism (both the electronic eye and the pressure reverse) to be sure they are operating correctly.
- Check tires, headlights, antifreeze and wipers. Perform all necessary maintenance.
- Stock the emergency kit too!
*ORGANIZE YOUR TOOLS--Get the ice melt, sand, snow shovel, and blower ready to use!
Interior & Appliances
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: push the test buttons to be sure they are working correctly.
- Chimneys: clean the flue. If you have a wood burning fireplace/Stove, have it cleaned and inspected.
- Heating system: on forced air systems, be sure to change the filter once a month and if you have a boiler, be sure the pump is oiled. Have the heating systems tuned up by a professional HVAC company.
- Close any unused vents and reverse the ceiling fan directions.
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI): push the test buttons to be sure the power to the outlet is shutting down.
- Kitchen: clean range hood filters, under the refrigerator coils and be sure the fire extinguisher is charged and easy to get to.
- If your house has a sump pump, be sure it is operational.
*UNPACK your hats, coats, and crockpot!
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