5 Home Maintenance Tasks to Prepare for Cold Weather
It’s officially the end of September, and if you have been procrastinating preparing your home for the upcoming cold weather, you don’t want to wait any longer. Snow and freezing temperatures are just around the corner, and it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the upcoming season. Here are a few ways to prepare.
1. Fix cracks in concrete and asphalt. If you have cracks in your concrete or asphalt, now is the time to fix it. When winter comes, water can get into existing cracks, freeze, expand, and cause more damage.
2. Drain outdoor water lines. If water lines aren’t properly drained before freezing temperatures arrive, they could freeze and burst, causing flooding. Make sure your outdoor faucets, hose lines, and sprinkler systems are blown out before it gets too cold.
3. Bring in outdoor furniture. Be sure to bring in and store any outdoor furniture. When lawn furniture is exposed to the extreme cold, it can cause irreversible damage. Similarly, the weight of snow and ice on outdoor furniture fabric can cause tearing.
4. Search for and seal air leaks. Air leaks can usually be found in the areas around your doors and windows. To test for air leaks, place your hand around the framing to feel if your windows and exterior doors have any air flow. If you find any leaks, be sure to fix them before the cool weather hits. Failure to do so will result in colder indoor temperatures and higher energy costs.
5. Replace your air filter. If you haven’t replaced your air filter all summer, now is the time to do so. Air filters should be replaced every 3-4 months or more frequently if you have pets or members of the household with allergies. With all of the fires that happened this summer, it’s even more important to make sure the air filters are replaced.
If you need help getting your home ready for the winter, call our team. We’ll be happy to inspect your property and make suggestions to ensure your home is in great shape for the coming cold weather.