Everybody has been aware of spring cleaning, but very few people know what it means to winterize your home. Fall means wintertime is around the corner, and you should use the chance to make sure that your house is ready for it. In the course of fall it is easier to inspect the outside of the home, since the foliage is dying away and you can more easily see if shrubs are attached to the house. Exterior siding is easily damaged by roots and vines that cling to the surface area - even bricks aren't immune - and they should be cleaned off.
If you have completed your last watering, empty, roll up and store all the hose. The water to your external faucets should be turned off, to make sure they can drain and get dry. When you're through with your garden furniture for the year, clean it up and then store it in a dry spot. It is best to shield any young trees you've got with mulch, particularly in their first year of growth. To accommodate excessive rainfall, you should clean out any drainage ditches that you have.
Winter naturally leads one's thoughts to fireplaces. Almost everyone normally requires a chimney sweep at the same time when a cold spell shows up, so call early to beat the rush. When you use fire wood, don't delay in finding someone and getting a good supply built up. When traveling around outlying areas, you will discover local people who sell fire wood, without lots of advertising. Even if you don't use a fireplace, make sure that any smoke alarms work. The cords to the Christmas lights may become brittle and crack if you don't ever take them down, so check them for sufficient flexibility. If you usually install storm windows, this is the time to do it. Hot weather dries out weather-stripping, and so check if they need updating.
Confirm the good working order of the cooktop hood filters, since during winter the windows are mostly closed. Complete a review of the ground-slope all around the home, ensuring that it falls away from the walls. Water emptying into the basement and the footing can cause significant problems. The first deterioration is wet rot, which ultimately leads to dry rot, and this is definitely something to be prevented anywhere in your home. You ought to search for seepage regularly.
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You should search for leaks, the most vulnerable places being the roof, gutters, down-pipes and inside plumbing. If you locate any type of leaks, you should obviously get them repaired. Wrap any external pipes, undoubtedly so if your house is older, and cut down drafts by placing a cover over air-conditioning units. It's a good idea to shampoo the carpets and rugs, since dust is more noticeable in the winter. End by just cleaning the glass windows.