Spring cleaning is something many people do, but probably only a few people understand what it is to winterize your home. It's a good idea every fall, to examine the house and see if it is prepared
to get through another winter. During 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 very easily damaged by roots and vines that cling to the surface area - even bricks aren't immune - and they should be cleaned off.
If they are no longer needed to do any watering, the hose should all be emptied and rolled up to be placed into storage for the winter. The exterior faucets have to have the water turned off, and
then allowed to drain dry. When you think you won't use the garden furniture once more that year, get it cleaned and stored in a dry place. You should shield any young trees you've got with mulch,
particularly in their first year of growth. To help protect against your yard from starting to be sodden if significant rains occur, make sure that any drainage ditches are clear.
When the temperature starts to get colder, it is time to start thinking about fireplaces. Masonry sweeps usually are in high demand wih the first cold spell, so avoid the queue and get in early. If
you use firewood, don't delay in finding someone and getting a good supply built up. When traveling around outlying areas, you HVAC Contractor Clinton
local people who sell fire wood, without lots of advertising. Although you don't make use of a fireplace, make sure that any smoke alarms work. If you leave your Christmas lights in place for the
whole year, check that the cords remain flexible. And right now is the time to get the storm windows installed. Warm weather dries out weather-stripping, therefore check if they need updating.
The windows are usually almost never opened in winter, so it will be necessary to check the condition of the filters in the range hood. Confirm that the slope of the earth around your house will
still allow water to flow away. When water happens to drain into the downstairs room, or the foundation, that can be bad news for your house. In the first instance it leads to wet rot, which could
transform to dry rot after some time, which you sincerely want to do without. Make the attempt of examining, at regular intervals, that water is not seeping into your home.
Water leaks will not be kept at bay forever, so check the places where leaks most commonly occur, these being the roofing, the guttering, the downpipes and the interior plumbing. If you locate any
leaks, you should obviously get them fixed. Wrap any exterior pipes, definitely so if your house is older, and reduce drafts by placing a cover over air-conditioning units. Dust is more quickly
detected in the winter, so shampooing the carpets is recommended. As long as you're at it, you might also wash the windows.