Playing in the snow is fun. Freshly-fallen snow can make the most run-down neighborhood look beautiful. Everyone loves a snow day! But homeowners and property managers know that cold temperatures and winter weather can wreak havoc on your property possibly creating dangerous situations that lead to expensive and extensive repairs. The good news is that certain preventative measures can go a long way to keeping your home safe and secure this winter.
Here are 13 ways to winterize your property:
1. Hire a qualified plumber who can shut-off the water supply to your property and blow air through all the pipes with an air compressor. Note: Pouring anti-freeze in drains and toilets is not enough.
2. Clean your downspouts to prevent ice from forming. Clear debris from your roof and repair any loose shingles.
3. Place mothballs throughout the property to prevent insect infestation during the winter.
4. Close fireplace dampers and seal all openings such as dryer vents. Caulk and water strip the windows to keep any cold air from coming in.
5. Cut branches that hang over your property. Remove leaves near the under and around the porches or deck.
6. Move all firewood or other flammable items away from the property.
7. Clean out all gutters on the property. Make sure they are clear of leaves and branches. Check to make sure that they are properly attached to the house to avoid falling in case of ice.
8. Disconnect any propane tanks. Call the has company and have them turn off the natural gas.
9. If you keep your electricity on, use timers to turn the lights on and off automatically. Invest in motion detectors or timers for outdoor lights.
10. If you have turned off the electricity, make sure battery-operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
11. Schedule plowing for driveways and walkways. Shovel and salt your walkway and driveway on a regular basis. Research the codes regarding snow removal in your area to ensure that your snow is cleared in a timely manner to avoid fines and citations.
12. Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses.
13. Replace your furnace filters. Have a heating professional check your heating system before the cold weather sets in.
Keep your pipes from freezing this winter!