Preparing for winter one weekend at a time

Winter is getting closer and closer, and with this season comes the need to prepare your home for colder weather. 

Whether that means big or small projects, it definitely takes some time, effort, and planning to prepare your home for snow and rock bottom temperatures.

 Read on to learn how you can accomplish this one weekend at a time with everything you need to do to face winter with confidence.

Bring the heat

Once the cold weather hits, everyone in your home will want to warm up quickly. 

To get everything to speed up the heat, chopping wood, cleaning your fireplace, gathering newspapers, and bringing in firewood, to have it ready for that first roaring fire. 

Also, have your fireplace inspected and cleaned by a professional. If your oven has a filter, check it to see if it needs cleaning or replacement. 

Consider installing a reverse thermostat to save money and conserve energy, as these work to keep your home a little cooler at night or when you are away.

Finally, change your ceiling fans to rotate in the reverse direction, as they I know, dice it helps circulate heat and keep a room warmer without increasing the temperature of your thermostat.

Inspect your roof

Take a weekend to inspect your roof to request that it be ready to withstand the snow that could fall this winter.

 Use a ladder to take a trip to the top of your home or use a pair of binoculars to inspect it from the ground.

 Look for loose or missing shingles that can cause a leak once the snow settles on the roof and eventually melts. 

If you find a problem spot, work to fix it yourself or hire a professional if it’s a deeper job.

While on the roof, also use this time to rake or blow fall leaves out of the area. 

Leaving them on your roof could be harmful as collected pine needles and leaves retain moisture.

Prepare and store your lawnmower

One positive thing about winter, at least for many people, is that it means that it is time to retire your mower for the season. 

To do this, you will need to do a job to prepare it for its break. 

To avoid causing barn problems and rule out eventual mower so that the mower works again in spring, we must add fuel stabilizer.

 Fill the gas tank to the top with stabilizer, then briefly run the engine to allow fluid to circulate. 

Alternatively, you can choose to bypass the stabilizer and run the engine until they use all the remaining fuel up. 

Then cover your mower and store it in a safe, dry place for the season.

Caulk windows and doors

Nobody likes to have a drafty home in the winter, so take some time to reattach your windows and doors over the weekend before the cold weather hits.

 Experts say that if the gaps between the siding and the windows or door frames are larger than the width of a quarter, the exterior caulking needs to be reapplied. 

Use silicone caulk that is “rain ready” so it can withstand the elements without shrinking or letting moisture in. 

While caulking, also check the gaskets on the windows and door frames to see if they require re-application.

 Finally, use this time to add weatherstripping around the doors. These measures help keep your home warm, even on the coldest days.

Test your sump pump

Because winter brings abundant moisture and the possibility of a basement flood, it is worth investing the time to test your sump pump.

 To do this, slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump well. Watch to verify that the pump turns on to verify that it is still running.

The idea of ​​winterizing your home can intimidate, but breaking down your to-do list into smaller weekend projects makes it more doable. 

Slowly roll back these projects and you’ll be ready to tackle the snowy conditions in no time.

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