6 things you must do to prepare your home for Winter
With winter well on its way and 3 degree days already upon us, it’s time to get your house in order and make sure your home is prepared to weather the season. We have put together a convenient Winter Maintenance Checklist so you can snuggle up and hibernate this winter, knowing your house is in good hands (yours!).
Clean and clear your gutters
Cleaning and clearing your gutters is (hopefully) something that you do throughout the year. But, particularly after the downfall of the Autumn leaves with the possibility of the Winter rain ahead. After cleaning your gutters, check the stability and connections of your gutters to ensure there will be no nasty surprises after a hefty downpour. Make sure you trim any surrounding trees that may impact your gutters.
Check and clean storm drains
For the same reasons you should maintain your gutters, it’s just as essential to check your storm drains. Maybe even more so, depending on your property type and slope. If you live at the lower end of a hill, water, leaves, gunk, and your neighbour’s jandal are likely to make their way down to your property in heavy rainfall. All of that is going to block up your storm drain and could cause flooding right in your backyard! After you have cleared out your storm drain, cover it with protective netting to ensure large items don’t get trapped underground and block up the storm drain.
Check your insulation and pad if necessary
Suitable insulation methods help to keep the warmth IN during Winter (which is good for lowering your power bill) and dampness OUT (which is good for your health. If you have just moved into a new home, and have yet to live a Winter there, consider getting a professional to assess the situation (if this wasn’t done during the buying process).
Secure or store outdoor furniture
Not all outdoor furniture is made to weather the Winter months, and even if it does last, chances are it will last longer and be in a much better condition long-term if you store any unused pieces over the season. Additionally, if you have a trampoline, you should consider securing it by weighing it down. High winds can come in and sweep that thing right off its legs! (are we the only ones that have woken up to have the trampoline upside down in the pool??).
Have your heating unit and chimney serviced
If you know your home is notoriously cold during the Winters, it may be time to consider a new heating unit or even a heating unit to help support the warmth from your fireplace. Regardless of what your heating systems are in your house, now is the time to get them serviced by a professional! We also suggest that you test and refill the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as with Winter comes an increased use of fireplaces and heaters, which can bring other risks if we’re not careful.
Check your windows and framings
Nobody wants a draughty house, especially in Winter. Ensure you check your windows and door framings; they may need to be weather-stripped and re-sealed to lock in the warmth and shut out the cold.
Remember, it’s better to be proactive than reactive. Get these things sorted before the season is upon you and you are battling the elements to protect your home and your family.