Getting your home ready for winter in much easier when you have a plan in place. Many of these simple techniques take a very short amount of time to complete, but if they are neglected can wind up costing you a significant amount of money in repairs. Here are some basic winterizing steps you can implement on your home in a short time that will protect and prepare your home for the winter season.
Raking up your leaves and cutting the grass one last time will ensure that you have a healthy green grass when the spring returns. The leaves can actually suffocate the grass by keeping water from getting to the roots. Take all the leaves and grass clipping and use them as a mulch for your rose bushes or other plants that will staying outside this winter. Spread the mulch around the base of those plants to insulate and protect them from the cold. This is the time you should have your sprinkler system flushed so the water in the lines that remains does not free and cause the plastic pipes to expand and crack. Take your garden hoses off the sides of your house and store them in the garage so the elements do not cause them to crack.
Cleaning out your gutters is vital when it comes time to winterizing your home. If the leaves and debris that become trapped in your gutter remains over the winter, the snow and rain will accumulate in areas of the gutter and add tremendous weight which can cause the gutter to bend or become loosened from the home. The added weight is because the run off can not flow down the spouts due to the blockage, so it sits in the gutter and adds unnecessary weight to the drainage system. If your gutters are too high to access safely, contact a professional gutter expert in the Indianapolis area that can access the gutters and clear them quickly and efficiently.
Your windows and doors are where most of the heat in your home escape during the cold winter months. You can cut down on your heating costs significantly by purchasing some weather seal products from your local hardware store. The seal around your windows and doors does wear down over time, and by replacing the seals you ensure no air can pass through these openings in your home. The front door seals are under attack all year long from wind and sun and usually need to be replaced more frequently than the rest of the home. Take the time to look for any cracks or areas heat can escape your home, and use the weather stripping to seal the areas tight.
The garage door is another area heat can escape your home. Be certain your garage door is properly aligned so that air can not get under the door. The garage door seal should meet the ground perfectly so that any warm air in the garage stays in the garage.