A few areas need to be winterized to make the snowy and icy conditions less stressful. Focus on your house’s exterior, interior, and garage.
Your home’s exterior:
Clean the gutters so ice dams don’t form and cause damage.
Replace cracked caulk around roof vents and the chimney.
Install a chimney cap to keep critters and objects from dropping in. A cap will also keep rainwater from dripping down into the fireplace.
Rake away debris and weeds from the foundation and seal any cracks.
In the house:
Get the furnace checked and the central air conditioning unit winterized simultaneously.
Be sure the fireplace damper isn’t open unless you make a fire.
Woodstoves should have glass doors that are closed when the stove is not in use.
Install socket sealers over unused electrical outlets on outside walls and reverse ceiling fans so they push warm air forward and force it to circulate.
In the garage:
Clear enough space to put your car inside on frigid nights.
Make sure that you have enough windshield wiper fluid on hand.
Check your snow blower and generator to be sure that they run. It’s wise to have extra fuel on hand.
Buy a new snow shovel if you need one and have a bag of ice-melt on hand.
These simple tasks will make your winter a little easier. On that note: let Housekeeping Associates make your winter a little easier by using our gutter cleaning services now. Please contact us for a FREE Estimate.