Part 2 of 2: How to Winterize Your Home
Here are the next 5 jobs every new homeowner needs to do to winterize their home. If you missed Part 1, you can read about the first 5 Most Important Jobs Every Homeowner Needs to do to Winterize Their Home now.
6 . Clear your gutters and eavestroughs:
Don’t forget to clean the leaves from your eaves trough once all the leaves have fallen from your trees. If you don't winterize your home properly, clogged or full eaves trough can cause ice damming, where the run off from your roof can back up under the shingles and cause water damage inside the home.
Plugged eaves troughs are also the main culprit in many wet basements! When water cascades off the roof into a flower bed next to the foundation, the soil can become saturated and the water eventually migrates through our porous basement walls. The water should run along the eaves trough, through a downspout and at least 6 feet away from the home.
7. Check the flashing on Roof Chimney and Skylights:
If you’re already up on the roof cleaning the eaves (and maybe you should be hiring someone for this job) you should have a look at the chimney at the point where it comes through the roof. This is probably the most common area for roof leaks. It should have metal flashing (optimal) or at least high quality caulking, sealing the joint between the roof and the chimney. While your shingles may last 10 or even 20 years, the caulking and flashing may need tune-ups after only a couple of years.
8. Winterize & fertilize your Garden:
Your plants, especially new shrubs or fast growing trees that were planted this year may require covering with burlap to prevent heaving snow loads or ice storms from bending and breaking fragile new growth.
9. If you use Christmas lights that are placed in the ground, get them in now:
New LED lights consume very little energy and you can now find outdoor solar Christmas lights to save on electricity costs. Just remember it’s almost impossible to get the solar light stakes in the ground once the ground is frozen.
10. Reduce Heating Costs - Caulk gaps and weatherstrip cracks:
Drafts are the biggest cause of wasted energy and increased heating bills in the winter. So when you winterize your home, have another look around window air conditioning units, around drain pipe openings, in between window and door frames as well as electrical outlets and cable lines. Caulk or weatherstrip if you can see daylight or feel air movement. Use weather stripping for cracks such as window and door openings, and can come in tape, felt or foam types.
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