Home Maintenance To Complete Before Winter

Posted on: 12 January 2016

Before it starts snowing, there are certain maintenance tasks you should complete for your home. If you wait until after it begins to snow, you can face expensive bills or the task going uncompleted. Here are tasks you need to check off:

1. Beef up your attic and roof

Install extra insulation in your attic or crawl space. Since heat rises, much of the heat you lose in the winter will go out through your roof. You can have a professional install regular insulation, or you can do it yourself with spray foam insulation. Check your attic for any leaks or holes. You should also go outside and check your roof for missing or loose shingles. A simple pair of binoculars is all that's needed to inspect your roof.

2. Take care of your driveway

Any work or repairs you'd like done on your driveway need to be done before winter. Paving jobs can't be completed when the temperature drops since the asphalt will crack. If you would like your driveway paved, repaved, or if you have potholes that need to be filled, get it done now. Repair cracks and reseal your driveway to protect it from the winter elements.

3. Prevent water damage

You don't want water getting into your home this winter. Water not only causes mold, but it causes serious structural damage when it freezes. Here is a brief checklist:

  • Look for and fill in cracks in your foundation
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows
  • Clean your gutters and check for damage
  • Test your sump pump
  • Check indoor and outdoor pipes for leaks and wrap them in insulating sleeves

4. Baby your yard

Before the freeze sets in, your yard needs extra attention and care. Here is a checklist:

  • Rake leaves
  • Mow your yard
  • Apply fertilizer to your lawn
  • Trim bushes and trees. Cut down dead branches.
  • Apply grass seed to bare patches
  • Remove weeds

5. Prepare your heating system

Nothing is more important in winter than an efficient heating system. You should clean or replace all filters and have your furnace serviced. If you have a propane heating system, get your tank filled. You should also seal leaks in ducts and make sure all vents are completely open. Test the heating system before winter to make sure the thermostat works and your furnace pumps out hot air.

Before winter comes, your home must be prepared. Add these tasks to your checklist and you will be safe and warm this winter.

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