Updated: Oct 1, 2020
In part one of this two-part series, let’s discuss some ways that homeowners can prepare their properties for winter.
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Winter is coming—that means homeowners should start thinking about preparing their properties for the cold months ahead. In today’s first installment of this two-part series, I’ll discuss what can be done to the exterior of the home to protect it from the winter freeze.
1. Clean the gutters. When your gutters get clogged up with leaves as the season changes, they get full of water, which freezes in the winter. As a result, the ice begins to dam, which can be a big problem. To avoid these issues, clear out your gutters before the snow begins to fall.
2. Aerate your lawn. Aerate and fertilize your lawn about a week before you blow out your sprinklers. That way, your lawn can best absorb those nutrients and come back in full health next spring.
3. Cover your faucets. Did you know that you can go to almost any home goods store and buy covers for your faucets? In cold places like Denver, even shutting off your faucets and detaching the hoses won’t necessarily prevent them from freezing—a cover will.
4. Service your furnace, air conditioner, and swamp cooler. If you have a swamp or evaporative cooler, be sure to have it drained and cleaned before winter and purchase a cover for it. You also need a cover for your AC’s air compressor to prevent leaves from getting in it and to ensure that it works for as long as possible.
5. Replacing any cracking caulk lines. Walk around your house and take a look at your windows. If any of them have caulk that’s cracking, that could allow cold air to seep into your house. Whether you hire someone to take care of it or do it yourself, replace those cracked caulk lines with water- and mold-proof sealant to ensure that your home is kept warm.
If you have any questions about any of these tips or home maintenance in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. In the meantime, keep an eye out for part two of this series!