5 Things You Should Check in Your Home Before Winter Starts
Guest Post by Lizzie Weakley
With each changing season, we have a to-do list to complete. Spring gets the house a thorough cleaning and sends us to prepare the lawnmower for the season. When summer rolls around, it’s time to open the swimming pool. Fall brings lots of leaf-raking.
Sometimes we forget that winter brings some very important chores as well. They are just as important as those of the other seasons, if not more important. Make sure you address these five areas before the cold weather arrives.
Your Septic Tank
When you don’t have a municipal sewer, you always need to be attentive to your septic tank. Look through your records and find out when you last had septic tank pumping services. If you’re due to have the tank cleaned, do it before winter sets in. The frozen ground will make it tougher to uncover the tank, and the truck may not be able to get to you if roads are bad.
This is probably the best-known issue in the winter. Most homeowners are aware of the importance of protecting pipes in the crawlspace or basement, but some forget about outdoor spigots. Newer ones are frost proof, but they can still freeze and burst if the hose is left connected. Drop the hose loose from the spigot to let it drain. Use an insulated cover for older spigots.
The Furnace or Heat Pump
Your furnace has patiently waited all summer for you to turn it on again. If you have failed to take care of it during that downtime, it could come back to haunt you some cold night. Have your system thoroughly cleaned, serviced, and inspected to make sure that it is ready for a few months of hard work.
Gutters & Downspouts
Another big hazard around the house is ice. Clogged downspouts will let gutters overflow, creating icy surfaces on sidewalks and driveways. Discharge from working downspouts could also run across concrete and asphalt, creating more trouble. Observe your gutters during a rainy day in the fall and make sure they are properly handling water.
Wintertime is a demanding season for your roof. In colder regions, the roof may go days or weeks with ice and snow built up, adding weight that can create leaks. Make sure your roof is sound and ready to withstand those demands long before the first flakes begin to fall.
With the holidays looming, winter is a busy time. Be sure to get your home ready for what is ahead.
More about the Author
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.
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