Simple Steps to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter

frozen leaf

Winter is coming to the Kitsap Peninsula!

We’re sad too, summer was so much fun. But with the change of seasons comes other fun happenings. Holiday fun with family and friends will soon be upon us, and nothing’s nicer than sipping hot cocoa in front of the fire on a cold winter night.

As summer ends and the temperature begins to drop, there are a few things you should do to ensure your home weathers the winter well.

Yard Maintenance

It’s no secret that plants die in winter. To ensure your lush lawn makes it through the colder months, go ahead and fertilize it one last time.

Dowsing it in fertilizer in autumn will help protect it over the winter and make it green up faster once spring comes.

Clean Those Gutters

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Though tedious, this is an important task.

During a rain storm, clogged gutters will send water streaming down the side of your home. This can destroy your foundation, and lead to thousands of dollars in home repair.

Ideally, have a friend or neighbor hold the ladder while you declutter the gutters.

Turn Off and Drain Outdoor Faucets

If you have a sprinkler system for your yard, it’s very important to completely drain it before the pipes freeze in winter. Disconnect outdoor hoses, shut off the outdoor water supply, and allow all sprinklers and faucets to drain.

Empty Lawn Mowers of Fuel

lawnmowerAfter your last lawn mowing session of the year, usually around mid-October, it’s important to empty your lawn mower of all fuel and store it properly.

Unused gas in a lawn mower can chemically change over time, leading to gum and other harmful deposits.

This can damage your lawn care equipment, so it’s a good idea to empty the fuel from your lawn mower, leafblower, and weed eater during this time.

 

Take Care of Your Home

In the warm summer months, we’re extremely grateful for our HVAC unit. To prepare for the winter, have it serviced properly by a professional. Do this early, so you don’t have to wait in line for a pro on the year’s coldest day.

Stock Up on Snow Supplies

It never hurts to be a little extra prepared. Before the temperature drops too much, be sure you have windshield scrapers and snow melt on hand.

Sweep That Chimney

fireplaceWho doesn’t love cozying up by the fire on a cold night? Well, if your chimney isn’t properly cleaned and cleared beforehand, it can cause carbon monoxide and smoke to enter your home, making it much less cozy.

Even if you have a gas fireplace, you’ll want an expert to come in and ensure there’s no squirrel or birds nests blocking your chimney. Have it carefully inspected, because cracks in the chimney pipe can cause additional smoke and soot to enter your home.

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