Cold Weather Prep

Fall and winter are just around the corner. Cold temperatures and weather changes can greatly impact your home, and as a homeowner, you need to be prepared. Here are a few components of your home to think about when preparing for the shift in seasons:

Gutters and downspouts. Homeowners need to consistently keep their gutters clean to prevent buildup of leaves and other debris. Make sure water doesn’t pool at the bottom of the spout. Standing water can damage your driveway, sidewalk or even the home’s foundation.

Chimneys and fireplaces. If you regularly use a fireplace in the colder months, call a professional to clean and inspect your chimney to ensure there are no blockages. Make sure to test the flue in your fireplace as well, as a tight seal is best to prevent moisture and debris from entering your home.

Windows and doors. Swap all of your door and window screens that you use in the warmer months for more protective storm windows. Installing weather stripping or caulking around your doorframes and windows is also a good idea to help lower heating bills.

Landscaping. Trim tree limbs that are close to your roof or any power lines. Snow and ice storms can wreak havoc and cause debris to damage your home. Also, grass roots are growing deep into the ground to prepare for winter, so consider fertilizing or reseeding your lawn before it gets cold.