As cold weather approaches, (especially in New England) there are several things you can do around the house to make sure you and your family stay warm and safe all winter. Below are some guidelines to get your started.
- Protect Your Pipes
- Last thing you need is for your pipes to freeze. Make your sure you drain and turn off your sprinkler system. As well as disconnect and store your outdoor hoses.
- Clean Up Your Yard
- Rake up leaves and get them off your lawn as soon as you can, this makes it much easier to keep your lawn clear through the fall.
- Check for tripping hazards outside your home. New England winters are icy and there are plenty of opportunities to trip on sidewalks and driveways
- Lawn Equipment Must Do’s
- Drain your lawn mower of gasoline to prevent sediment buildup and stow it for the winter
- Remove built up yard debris on equipment, so they are ready for next year, and you are not leaving materials for fury animals to use for their winter homes.
- Check Your Gutters
- Make sure to inspect and clear gutters of any leaves, twigs, debris, etc.
- Gutter downspouts should extend at least 5 feet away from the house to prevent foundation problems. If not, add downspout extensions
- Chimney and Fireplace Maintenance
- Check your chimney for soot buildup. Have it swept if there is 1/8 each or more soot. Ideally your chimney should be swept at least every other year or every year if there is heavy usage. ALWAYS make sure your chimney damper is working
- If you use your fireplace for heating purposes, order your wood now! If you wait, companies may start running low on supplies.
- Remember to store dry firewood at least 15 feet away from your home. This will help reduce the risk of termite infestation
- Check Your Heating System
- Schedule a professional tune-up of your heating and cooling system and remember to change your air filters to increase efficiency. If you have animals, you may need to change that filter more often.
- Consider a programmable thermostat, keep it low at night and when you are not home, and warmer for when you are home especially when you first wake up.
The team at New England Ice Dam Solutions, hopes you find these tips helpful as you prepare for winter months. Stay safe and warm but most of all enjoy the cold weather, after all it is why we live in New England.