Winter Maintenance Tips

 

As the cold and snowy weather approaches there are a few steps you can take to ensure your home serves you well through the coming months. Please take the time to check these items in and around your home and attend to any that need maintenance.

Fall Preperation

  • Sprinkler system; clean filter in heads and filter by main shut off valve
  • Have the lines professionally blown out and winterized by a qualified landscape technician. If lines are blown out incorrectly, or not at all, freezing will cause lines to split and cause leaks
  • Remove all hoses from exterior faucets. Faucets will suffer a broken water line if the water in the hose freezes and expands into the pipe. This occurrence is not covered by your warranty
  • Clean gutters, check downspouts; confirm that splash blocks drain away from the house
  • Close crawlspace vents (when applicable) and consistently check for moisture build up in crawlspace (when applicable)
  • Operate the heating system to ensure proper heating and call for any necessary service before it gets too cold
  • Change furnace filters
  • Check fit of exterior doors, adjust thresholds as needed
  • Clean and test smoke alarms
  • Inspect grout on tile floors and walls. Repair as needed
  • Wash windows and screens and lubricate track at least every 12 months
  • Check all roof penetration points and repair seals if needed. This includes plumbing vents and roof vents
  • Inspect the general condition of the roof. Check for curled, missing or damaged shingles

Winter Tips

  • After snowfall, brush snow off gutters and away from downspouts
  • Avoid using de-icing agents that contain salt on concrete and walkways. De-icing agents have been known to damage concrete surfaces
  • Keep snow clear of furnace and hot water heater exhausts. A buildup of snow around these exhausts will restrict the air flow to the furnace and hot water heater that will cause these units to shut down
  • Decorate safely for the holidays. Do not overload circuits or use worn electrical cords