When the temperature starts to drop, you have to make sure you do what you can to prepare your home for the cold weather. If you wait to do some maintenance until the temperatures get below freezing, you’ll likely find that you can’t do the jobs or the damage has already happened. Here are some ways you can prepare your home for winter.
Check the Gutters
Experts advise that you clean your gutters twice a year at a minimum, and you want to always ensure that they are clean before winter hits. When you leave your gutters full of leaves and debris, then rain water and melting snow don’t have anywhere to go other than over the edge of the gutter. The overflowing water could get under your roofing system, which can cause a slew of problems, and you might find that you have to replace the roof in the spring.
You’ll also want to ensure that the gutters aren’t bent or destroyed in any areas. If you find a part of the gutter that needs to be repaired or replaced, then immediately call a gutter repair Seattle service to address the issue.
Drain the Sprinkler System
When you leave water in the sprinkler system over the winter, you’ll quickly find that your pipes burst and flood your yard. To avoid this issue, completely drain and blow out your sprinkler system. You’ll also want to ensure that the water main to the sprinkler system is off, and any automatic timers are turned off.
Clean the Chimney
Because you haven’t used your chimney for months, you never know what is going on in there. Additionally, you could have a bunch of creosote that built up last winter, so you want to have your chimney cleaned before you start using it. If you don’t feel that you’re up to the task, then call a chimney cleaning service to do it for you.