How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Season

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How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Season


 

Homes require maintenance throughout the year, or they deteriorate quickly. But this is particularly important as the winter season approaches, as frost, rain and snow can cause damage to your property if you don’t take the right preventative measures. These tips should be on your to-do list during the colder months to make sure your home stays in the best shape.

Check the Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Most heating and HVAC systems last between 10 and 15 years, but the length they last has a lot to do with how well they are cared for beforehand. As the weather turns colder, it’s time to change the filters in the system, available from Filter King.

First, hold the filter up to the light and check if you can see your hand through it. If you can’t, it’s clogged and needs to be replaced. It can even be worth contacting a contractor to check the system to make sure there isn’t any additional maintenance needed. Similarly, check your boiler and heating so that you don’t find yourself without warmth in the depth of December.

Seal Hard Surfaces

The masonry in your home should also be checked before winter. If you have a concrete patio, a driveway or a walkway around your property, make sure they are protected by applying a concrete sealant to all of the flat concrete surfaces. Concrete inevitably develops cracks but by taking time to inspect the concrete and fill in any cracking that has occurred, you’ll ensure it lasts as long as possible as well as looking great.

If you have an asphalt driveway, you should also consider resealing this as well – it’s not very expensive but the investment will go a long way to keeping the exterior of your home looking its best. If cracks have developed, make sure you patch these before applying the sealant.

Check the Drainage is Clear

Winter means a lot more rain, so it’s important that the extra water has somewhere to go. Make sure the soil around your foundations hasn’t settled as this can create areas where water will pool. If there are low points, fill them in with soil.

You should also check the rain gutter downspouts and ensure that there are areas where water can drain away from your home, adding extenders if you need to. If water gets blocked and pools, it can freeze and expand, which will cause damage over time and can be expensive to repair.

Clean Out the Gutters

When the leaves are off the trees, it’s time to clean out the gutters and make sure that they won’t overflow. If they get blocked, the water will run down the side of your home which speeds up the deterioration of your property. It can also affect the foundations, as water can infiltrate the basement and settle into the concrete or entryways and walkways, which can lead to cracking and damage. To avoid this, make sure the gutters are empty as soon as autumn is over.