Spring cleaning is something most people do, but probably only a few people understand what it is to winterize the home. Fall means winter season is around the corner, and you should use the occasion to make sure that your house is ready for it. At this particular time of year, with the vegetation dying out, examining the house is easier, so you can tell if any shrubs are hanging onto the house. Clinging vines and roots damage siding and in many cases bricks, so it is good to keep them cleaned off.
If you have finished your final watering, bleed dry, roll up and store all the hose. The water to your external faucets should be turned off, so that they can drain and get dry. If you are through with your patio furniture for the year, clean it up and afterwards store it in a dry spot. For those who have any trees that happen to be still developing, and especially those that have not endured a winter, shield them by placing mulch around the base of their stems. To allow for excess rainfall, you should clean out any drainage ditches that you have.
Cold weather naturally leads one’s thoughts to fireplaces. Fireplace sweeps are in high demand wih the very first cold spell, so avoid the queue and get in early. You never know how the supply of firewood will be, so if you are going to need some, make an effort to locate some in plenty of time. If you realize you are in a rural area, check for local residents selling firewood without advertising. Although you don’t use a fireplace, make sure that any smoke alarms work. Some people leave Christmas time lights up all year, and the cords should be checked for flexibility. If you are using storm windows, they should be fitted. Summer dries out weather-stripping, so check if they need updating.
The windows are usually hardly ever opened in winter, therefore it is necessary to check the condition of the filters in the range hood. Check that the slope of the earth around your house will still allow water to flow away. In case water happens to drain into the basement, or the foundation, that can be bad news for your house. To start with it can cause wet rot, which in turn could cause dry rot, which is just not something you want in your home anywhere. Frequently check out your home for warning signs of seepage.
You should look for leaks, the most at risk places being the roof, gutters, down-pipes and inside plumbing. Make it a priority to get any sort of leaks you find fixed. Wrap any external pipes, undoubtedly so if your house is older, and cut down drafts by placing a cover over air-conditioning units. Dust is more effortlessly detected in the wintertime, so shampooing the carpets is recommended. You should use the time to wash the windows.