How To Prepare Your House For Winter

Submitted by SteveWillis on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 08:08

The nights are getting colder, the leaves are falling, and it’s time to prepare for winter. These eight steps will help you be prepared for the colder months to come.

  1. Drain your sprinkler system.  This is typically an easy job to accomplish.  Some systems are self-draining, others need to be blown out with an air compressor. If you need assistance, there are signs popping up on street corners all over town. “Sprinkler Blowouts $XX.00”.   Failure to protect your sprinkler system from freezing may result in expensive repairs next spring.
  2. Clean your gutters.  It is best to wait for the majority of the leaves to have fallen off the trees.  This can be a dangerous job.  If you have concerns, I highly recommend having a professional do this job.  If the gutters are full of leaves, the melting snow will have no place to go.  This can result in damage to the structure.
  3. Disconnect your hoses.  This is easy.  However, if outdoor faucets are allowed to freeze, you can expect expensive repairs next spring.
  4. Get your furnace serviced.  Most qualified HVAC companies have winter service plans available.  The cost is typically between $75.00 and $100.00. This simple checkup will help prevent the surprise of waking up to a cold house.
  5. Check for air leaks.  Walk around your house and look for gaps between your doors and windows and the surrounding siding.  Even the best windows will not keep your house comfortable if there are air leaks blowing into the house.  Simply caulking and painting the affected areas can cut down your utility bills.
  6. Check your weather stripping.  Verify that the weather stripping around your doors are still in   good condition.  Children or pets can easily damage the foam weather stripping.  Allowing the doors to seal tight will be a big money saver when the nights get real cold.   
  7. Make sure your snow shovel is still there.  Verify that the bottom edge of the snow shovel is not damaged!.  If you wait too long, you may find that the stores are sold out of shovels, just when you really need one.    

If you’re in need of a Colorado Springs home inspector, give me a call today at (719) 449-3221 to schedule an appointment.

Submitted by SteveWillis on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 08:08