Winterizing: It’s that time again…

October 20th, 2014
By Jason Parr

Fall is the time to prepare for winter—cold and wet conditions not only make you miserable, but they can damage your home. Some winterizing can wait, some can’t. Make a list of what needs to be done, and tackle the time-sensitive tasks first. Here’s a simple checklist from your average association to help you get a jump on winter.

Indoor Winterizing
Examine doors and replace weather-stripping as needed.
Examine window caulking and reseal where needed.
Examine and repair vents where needed.
Clean chimneys and flues.
Remove items near heat vents.
Place nonskid runners or door mats outside to help keep water, sand and salt out of the house.

Outdoor Winterizing
Cut back tree branches and shrubs that hide signs or block light.
Examine outdoor handrails and tighten if needed.
Turn off electrical breakers for outdoor equipment.
Close hose bibs.
Clean out gutters and downspouts.
Clear yard drains.
Spray outdoor locks and hinges with lubricant.
Stake driveway and walkway edges that may be difficult to find under deep snow.

Assemble, stockpile or refresh winter supplies:
Candles and matches
Ice melt and deicer
Snow shovels
Generator fuel

Good Luck with the Coming Winter Frost!

Categorized in: Community, Maintenance/Household

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