It’s that time of
year – winter is in full effect. The time when winter storms are wreaking havoc
across the country, bringing ice, snow, sleet, and frigid temps. Your home
needs a little extra care during these extreme times of the cold season. You
might find yourself at a loss asking common questions about what to keep an eye
on in the attic, basement, your home’s exterior, and your heating system
components. Spring-Green, your
neighborhood lawn care specialist since 1977, has all the tips to keep your
home safe during the winter months.
How to Keep Your Home Protected All Year Long
- A Sweep of the Chimney is in Order – Wintertime is the best time to take advantage of a warming fire but be sure to
have the chimney swept. Also check for any debris, cracks, or signs of damage
to your chimney before using the fireplace. Leaves, branches, and even birds’
nests can collect in the areas, posing a fire hazard.
- Sound the Alarms – Be sure to routinely
check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as you crank
up the heat and light a fire in your fireplace. If you don’t already have a
smoke alarm in every room and every hallway (including the attic and basement),
now is the perfect time to install them.
- Be Ready for the Storm – If a winter
storm hasn’t hit your area yet, be ready if it does. Have your shovels and snow
blowers readied for the potential of a snow storm. Change the oil and check the
spark plugs on your snow blowers to make sure you’re ready when the white stuff
begins to fall hard. While you’re at it, you might want to add some sand
and salt to the shed supplies for when the snow turns icy.
- Look at the Perimeters – From the roof and
gutters to the foundation, a review of the state of the outside of the house is
in order. If there’s snowfall, it will eventually melt, which could cause a problem
if your roof is damaged or there are cracks and leaks that could lead to
flooding in the basement or attic. Check your sump pump to ensure snow melt
water doesn’t enter your basement either.
- Don’t Ignore the Inside of Your Home – Be
sure to check your heating system’s filters, which should be changed routinely.
Monitor faucets for signs of freezing that could result in burst pipes and
flooding. You can avoid this issue by shutting off faucets that are not in use
during winter, and insulating pipes where you can.
- Be Ready
for Anything – Winter storms can leave you homebound for days. Be sure to
have a supply kit to get you through a few days when icy and snowy roads prevent you
from leaving. Canned goods, first aid supplies, wood for the fireplace, and
board games can help you get through the cabin fever period.
Winter is upon us, and it will be here for quite a while
longer. If you haven’t done a thorough check of your home to prep it to
withstand the toughest, coldest days of winter ahead – it’s time! Follow a few
simple best practices to ensure your home weathers winter without incident.
professional is here to help you assess your property and provide insights
as to where improvements can be made. And, of course, when it’s time for lawn
care again, we’re standing by with all the lawn care services you need to help you get as much enjoyment as possible from your outdoor living
today for a free consultation.