Are you ready for winter?
Here are a few helpful hints on preparing your home for the fall & winter months.
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- Remove moss from roof. (Avoid pressure washing as this often causes more damage than good. Solutions & instructions can be found at most home improvement centers.)
- Check condition of flashing & repair any loose or damaged shingles.
- Clean gutters. (Even small amounts of debris can clog downspouts)
- Keep trees & branches trimmed 6 feet from roof & off power lines.
- Trim all vegetation 12 inches away from siding.
- Keep earth 6 inches below/away from siding & all other wood while maintaining a gentle slope away from the home.
- Remove all debris away from home such as leafs to help keep pests away.
- Store firewood at least ten feet from home to help avoid pest infestation
- To help protect your home from water keep all gaps and joints in siding, even around doors & windows, caulked and keep well painted and sealed.
- Add storm windows in older homes for better heat efficiency.
- Insulate plumbing lines to help protect them from freezing.
- Keep all foundation vents unblocked year round, except during freezing weather, to provide adequate ventilation especially in the winter months when it is most damp. (Measure & purchase correct size vent plugs before freezing weather arrives.)
- Have chimneys & flues professionally cleaned before use. (Soot build-up can lead to flue fires which often cause house fires.)
- Gas/propane furnaces should be serviced on an annual basis.
- Replace/clean filters.
- Have heat registers professionally cleaned (or vacuum out as far as possible) to cut down on dust or other impurities in the air.
- Check weather stripping around doors & windows. (If you can see light around a closed door improvement is needed.)
- Replace smoke alarm batteries.
- Add carbon monoxide monitors if your home uses gas or propane for any appliances or has an attached garage. (They are also needed if you burn wood)
- Add UV lights where desired to help cope with the not so bright NW winter.
- If you do have "frost free" hose faucets turn water to facets off or insulate them at interior & exterior.
- Remove all hoses. Even if you have "frost free"faucets freezing water from hose can damage lines.