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Winterize your Home's Exterior

Prepare the exterior of a home for winter.

Winter is just around the corner, so it's time to get ready for some snow and ice. Preparing now could prevent some big headaches when things turn frosty.

A co-worker Ann Sheehan has collected this quick guide to getting your yard and the outside of your house ready for freezing weather. After this, check out next week's post about winterizing indoors

Ready, set, go!       by Julie Baka
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The temperature is noticeably cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are falling off of the trees; all clear-cut signs that winter is on its way! And just like with any other cleaning project, you want to start from the top and work your way down when you are winterizing the exterior of your home. Here are a few relatively easy and inexpensive tips to help you prepare for the season.

First, get out a sturdy ladder and inspect the roof. If you are afraid of heights like I am, then enlist the help of a trusted friend. Rid the roof of any kid's toys such as kites, Frisbees, and model airplanes that have accumulated over the summer. Cut back any low hanging tree branches that could wreak havoc during an ice storm. Check around flashings and for any loose shingles to prevent water from leaking into the house.

While still on the roof examine and clean the gutters. Remove all of the leaves, twigs, bird's nests, etc. so water is able to flow freely and will not freeze or form icicles. Check that all of the downspouts are intact and draining away from the house. You want winter's rain and snow to be able to make its way to the ground and away from your foundation!

Now it is time to start cleaning up the yard and getting it ready for winter. Rake the leaves, prune the trees and bushes, and mow the grass one last time. Add all of these trimmings to a compost pile so it can be later used as mulch. Once these tasks are completed you can winterize the lawn mower, the leaf blower, and the weed wacker so they will be ready to use next spring.

Next, drain all of the water out of the garden hoses. Put a cover over the air conditioner. Also cover the barbecue grill and patio furniture if they are to be stored outdoors for the winter, or simply stow these items along with the lawn equipment in the garage or shed. Be sure to put these items in the back so you will have easy access for winter's equipment such as the snow blower, shovels and sleds.

You certainly want to try to prevent any frozen pipes during the winter, which can cause an untimely and costly mess. Cover all water spigots so they will not freeze; turn off the water to them if possible. Put foam insulation or heat tape on any pipes located in areas such as the garage, crawl space or breezeway. And pay extra attention to make sure there are no water leaks. Just a small drip can cause a huge problem in the middle of winter!

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Next, drain all of the water out of the garden hoses. Put a cover over the air conditioner. Also cover the barbecue grill and patio furniture if they are to be stored outdoors for the winter, or simply stow these items along with the lawn equipment in the garage or shed. Be sure to put these items in the back so you will have easy access for winter's equipment such as the snow blower, shovels and sleds.

You certainly want to try to prevent any frozen pipes during the winter, which can cause an untimely and costly mess. Cover all water spigots so they will not freeze; turn off the water to them if possible. Put foam insulation or heat tape on any pipes located in areas such as the garage, crawl space or breezeway. And pay extra attention to make sure there are no water leaks. Just a small drip can cause a huge problem in the middle of winter!

Winter will be a lot more enjoyable if you know that outside of your house is ready BEFORE the weatherman predicts that upcoming snowstorm!


 

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