Home Maintenance Tips to Winterize Your Home

Getting ready for winter weather is part of fall chores. Be sure to talk with your agent at All About Insurance Inc to update home insurance, if any life changes occurred in the past year and to upgrade replacement cost values as needed.

Here are some tips and a checklist of items to do for fall:

Exterior Maintenance

To protect your home from damage due to winter weather, here are the most important things to do:

  • Trim back trees that have branches near the home that could break and fall on the roof.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts to make sure rainwater does not collect on the roof to cause a leak.
  • Check the roof for damage, such as missing shingles, and make repairs. If you suspect there may be a roof leak, use a hose to test the roof and see if any water enters the house. Use roof patch material to fix any leaks. Be aware that the place where water enters on the roof may not necessarily be directly over the place of the water leak below in the home. Water can penetrate a roof surface and run quite a distance to find a hole to enter the house below. Check around flashing and seams in the roof, which are common areas for leaks.
  • Drain garden hoses and store them away for the winter.

Interior Maintenance

  • Check the furnace for proper operation, change the filter, and have the air ducts cleaned.
  • Shut any air vents previously opened for summer, such as attic vents.
  • Check around doors and windows for air leaks. Use weather stripping and caulking to block any air leaks.
  • Have any fireplace chimneys cleaned and check to make sure the flues are open and operational.
  • Check smoke alarms and replace batteries if necessary.

Winter Supplies

  • Make sure to have enough de-icing chemicals for walkways. Have enough snow shovels or a working snow blower.
  • Have a minimum of a two-week supply of canned food and water on hand for emergencies.
  • Make sure a backup electrical generator is working and store enough fuel to prepare for any power outages.
If you take these simple steps, you will be prepared for the winter weather.