Here are a few items you can do to help your home run smoothly this winter. Print out this winter home maintenance checklist here for easy reference.
Prevent pipes from freezing
Insulate pipes near windows, doors and in areas of the home that are unheated. Disconnect your garden hose from the outside faucet and keep temp above 55 degrees.
Test & clean your sump pump
Slowly pour a few gallons of water into the pit to make sure the pump turns on. Clean debris from bottom with a wet vac.
Reverse ceiling fan blades
Running the blades in a clockwise position during the colder months can push heated air down.
Protect your air conditioner
Place a sheet of plywood held down by a few bricks on top and your AC should be ready to work again in the spring
Flush hot water tank
Flush your hot water tank to remove sediment
Ready shovels, service blower
Move your snow shovels to an area near the door where they will be within easy reach. Change the oil in your snow blower and replace the spark plug if needed.
Stock up on salt or sand
Purchase some salt, ice melt or sand before the first snowfall. This will give you some extra traction when it's time to shovel the sidewalk and driveway.
Check and service fireplace and chimney
Run the tip of a fireplace poker along the interior of the chimney wall. If you find a thick, shiny, tar-like buildup it’s best to call a professional (get in touch with us if you need a recommendation).
Check and replace smoke alarm batteries
More heating appliances are being used during the winter months, which could increase fire hazards. Replace batteries at needed.
Protect outdoor furniture
Cover outdoor furniture or consider moving to indoors.
Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation.