Get Your Home Winter Ready: A Maintenance Checklist for 2024

Get Your Home Winter Ready: A Maintenance Checklist for 2024


Don't let the winter weather wreak havoc on your home! As the days get colder and you spend more time indoors, it's crucial to protect your home from the harsh conditions. Frozen pipes, leaky roofs, and other issues can arise, but with our winter home maintenance checklist, you can prevent damage and ensure the safety of your family.
 
1. Blow Out Your Sprinkler System
No more watering the lawn, but don't forget about your sprinkler system. To avoid costly repairs caused by freezing water, have your irrigation system "blown out" to remove any remaining water. You can hire a professional or do it yourself with an air compressor.
 
2. Prevent Frozen Pipes
Burst pipes can lead to major water damage. Keep your thermostat set at 65 degrees if you're away and open cabinets with plumbing to allow warm air flow. Adding insulation to pipes and faucets is also recommended.
 
3. Clean Out Gutters
Leaves and debris can clog your gutters, causing water damage. Use a small rake to remove the leaves or hire a professional for a thorough cleaning. Properly functioning gutters prevent flooding and protect your siding and foundation.
 
4. Maintain Trees on Your Property
Winter weather can stress trees and plants. Look for rotted branches or trees leaning to one side and consider hiring an arborist to trim or remove them. Avoid potential damage to your home or injury during storms.
 
5. Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Closed doors and windows increase the risk of dangerous gas buildup. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they're working properly. Replace batteries if needed.
 
6. Bring Outdoor Furniture Inside
Protect your outdoor furniture from the cold. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can damage materials like wood, metal, and plastic. Extend their lifespan and save money by moving them to a secure, dry place.
 
7. Reverse Ceiling Fans
Give your heating system a boost by reversing the direction of your ceiling fans. This pushes warm air down from the ceiling, allowing you to lower your thermostat and save on energy costs.
 
8. Don't Get Left in the Cold: Schedule a Professional Heating System Check-Up
Prepare for winter and prevent breakdowns with an annual furnace inspection. Don't wait until the first snowstorm hits! A professional will not only ensure safety but also perform maintenance to keep your system running smoothly. Plus, they can replace your filter, a crucial step that should be done every few months.
 
9. Keep Your Chimney Clean and Functional
Make sure your fireplace is ready for cozy nights by scheduling a chimney cleaning. Don't risk smoke filling your home due to blockages or build-up of soot or debris. Enjoy your fireplace or wood stove with peace of mind.
 
10. Stay Safe with a Gas Fireplace Inspection
Even gas fireplaces need regular inspections to prevent issues like creosote build-up or gas leaks. Ensure your family's safety and enjoy worry-free warmth with a yearly inspection.
 
11. Stop Heat from Escaping: Check for Air Leaks
Don't let your heating money go to waste. Keep the warm air inside your home by sealing cracks and improving insulation. Check recessed lights, windows, doors, and basement areas for any sources of air leakage. Boost your home's energy efficiency and reduce heating costs.
 
12. Be Prepared for Winter Storms: Stock Up on Emergency Supplies
Don't get caught off guard during winter storms. Have plenty of essential supplies like water, blankets, and non-perishable foods. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, keep extra chopped wood and fire-starters handy for warmth during power outages.
 
13. Safeguard Your Home: Clear Snow and Ice from Roofs and Trees
Prevent accidents and damage caused by heavy snow and ice. Clear snow from trees to prevent branches from snapping. Use a telescoping roof rake to remove snow from your roof, and ensure your gutters are clear to prevent dangerous icicles. Consider hiring a professional for large icicle removal.
 
Don't let winter catch you off guard. Take these simple steps to winterize your home and enjoy a safe and comfortable season.



MATT LAMA
703-489-3090
matt.jacobsandco.com

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