Winter will be here before we know it! Luckily, homeowners in Houston don’t need to worry about the extreme conditions other parts of the country experience, but you’ll still want to make sure your property’s ready for the colder weather.
Take care of last-minute outdoor projects while the weather’s still pleasant, and get your house ready for the cool temperatures ahead!
How To Prepare Your House For Winter
1. Blow out your sprinkler system
Removing leftover water from your sprinkler system helps prevent freezing and cracking during colder months.
Alternatively, if you have an air compressor at home, it shouldn’t be too hard to complete the job yourself. There are plenty of helpful tutorials available that you can check out beforehand. Reference.com has a detailed step-by-step blog post outlining the process, and Instructables created a quick, informative video that you can refer to as well for some DIY tips.
2. Clean your gutters
A good rule of thumb is to clean out your gutters at least once each season. Freeing gutters and downspouts of leaves, twigs, and other debris before the beginning of winter will prepare your house for the season, and you most likely won’t need to repeat the job until spring.
3. Sweep your chimney
Nothing’s more satisfying than curling up in front of a fire on a cold winter evening! If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your chimney cleaned, though, you’ll want to do so as soon as possible.
Because chimney buildup can create a fire hazard, it’s best to hire a certified professional if you are not familiar with how to inspect and clean your own chimney.
4. Close your pool
If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to cover the pool for the winter. Not only does this help make the process of re-opening your pool in the springtime much easier; you could even run the risk of seeing your pool get completely destroyed if you neglect to properly clean and cover it.
5. Make sure your heating system is working properly
Before the cold weather is here to stay, it’s not a bad idea to test out your home’s heat to make sure it works properly. You can check to make sure your pilot light is igniting as well.
If, for some reason, you turn on the heat and discover your home isn’t getting warmer, you’ll still have plenty of time to have a professional come fix the problem.
6. Get a professional roof inspection
Better safe than sorry! If you have any doubts about your roof’s condition, have it inspected while the weather’s still tolerable. You may only need a small repair job, but the sooner you have your roof looked at, the better.
The last thing you need is a leaky roof making your home cold and damp in the winter!
7. Tidy up outside
Keep your yard looking its best! Clear away leaves, fallen branches, and any other clutter that may be remaining from the summer months. Don’t forget to clean off outdoor furniture and properly store chairs, cushions, and tables, so they’re ready for use in the spring.
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