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Winterize: How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Your gutters, downspouts, and roof. Gutters clogged with leaves and other debris are prime breeding grounds for ice dams, which, as mentioned, are very bad. To remove this hazard, remove everything that has collected in the gutters over the summer and hose the gutters out. Make sure all the water you put into it is going through the downspout, so the entire system is working. Inspect the gutter and all connections to verify that everything is together and set for the winter. To make this chore easier for next year, think about installing leaf guards on all your gutters.

While you’re up there, check the roof. Replace any shingles or tiles that need it, and check the flashing to makes sure it’s in good shape. When you’re back on the ground, inspect the bottom of the downspout and make sure it’s draining far enough away from the house that it will not be creating problems with your foundation or basement. If need be, install an extension to the downspout so it dumps gutter water further from your house.

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Your tools, summer and winter. It’s time to say goodbye to the summer tools, and hello to the winter ones. Clean, dry, and store all the rakes, hoes, shovels, and other tools you’ve used during the summer. Drain all garden hoses and store them away. Drain the gas from your mower and other summer gas-powered tools and store them away as well.

If your area gets snow, it’s time to prepare for it. Make sure you have shovels/a roof rake handy, and that they are in good condition. Get your snow blower tuned up and ready to go. If ice is going to be a problem, stock up on sand and/or salt now to deal with it. It’s a frustrating task to head out shopping for either after an ice storm.

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One Response to “Winterize: How To Prepare Your Home For Winter”

  1. JamiB says:

    I’m sitting here plugging up every hole I can find around my windows and doors and didn’t even think to make sure the furnace was optimized for winter. Programmable thermostat ordered and calling the furnace guy to set up an appointment when the rest of the world wakes up. Great winterization guide, thanks!


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