Winterizing Your Home (Part 2 of 2)
In the preceding blog, Winterizing your home (Part 1 of 2), we walked through different things you can do inside of your home to make sure you are ready to enjoy the winter season, and not fret about energy bills.
However, we would be remiss to not address how to winterize the exterior of your home, too! Some of the tips listed below could save you hundreds of dollars and headaches. Read below to find out how you can help fully protect your home.
Remember the details
Fill cracks in walkways and driveways
Realtor.com advises that you check your walkways and driveway for cracks, and fill any existing ones before ice and snow set in. Taking time to fill these cracks will save on any potential damage they could cause, as well as increase safety for you and your loved ones. For small to medium cracks, purchase an epoxy and fill them in a few hours. For severe cracks, call a professional.
Clean and repair siding
Take advantage of milder temperatures in September through November and tackle outdoor projects that may keep you outside for a few days. Cleaning and repairing your home’s siding does not have to be a difficult process, and it is important to rid your home of any mildew that may have collected over the summer months. Start by washing your siding with soap and water, noting any gaps to later fill with caulk. (Note: never apply caulk to the underside of the siding, because it will keep your home from being able to expand and contract as it needs to.) Once you are sure there are no gaps in the siding, finish with a power wash. If you do not own a power washer, search for one that you can rent for a few hours – some are able to go for as low as 35 dollars.
Maintain your lawn equipment
Just because you will not be cutting your grass does not mean you should forget about your lawn mower. If you allow a dirty mower to sit with oil in the casket and rubbish in the components, you could be setting yourself up for purchasing a new lawn mower once the weather warms up. You can clean and change your oil filter yourself and use your equipment’s manual to guide you to cleaning the other parts. You could also take your lawn mower to a professional to have it cleaned. Also, if you have a sprinkler system, drain the water and remove any aboveground sprinkler heads.
Crucial elements to remember
Inspect your fireplace
Use a flashlight to examine your fireplace and chimney for animal nests and other debris that could be obstructing your flute. You should also take a look at your bricks and mortar for cracks. If you identify major cleaning or repairs you cannot make, be sure to get ahold of a professional.
Upgrade your appliances
Replace any shingles that are cracked, buckled, or missing. While you are doing this, take some time to inspect your gutters. Before the leaves start to fall and water can freeze in your gutter, make sure they are not sagging or broken.
Seal your home
Sealing air leaks around key areas like windows and doorways is one of the least expensive yet fiscally responsible things you can do. Caulk can cost under 10 dollars, and save you many times that amount on your heating and energy bills.
If you have any questions or concerns about the tips in this blog or the previous one, feel free to reach out to a certified Commercial Service technician for advice or assistance. Schedule an appointment with our easy Online Scheduling or call 812-339-9114.