From general around the house maintenance, to proper lawn tool stoarge, this check list will help you prepare your home for the colder months ahead.

  1. Check Your Alarms: Experts recommend replacing batteries in smoke alarms twice a year, and replacing it if the device is more than five years old. Carbon monoxide detectors are also important to have if you use a lot of gas appliances during the winter months.
  2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans: Run blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat to create an updraft to push hot hair downwards.
  3. Check the Roof: Look for damaged, lose, or missing shingles that may cause leakage during storms.
  4. Caulk Around Windows and Doors: If gaps between the doors or window frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to replace the exterior caulk.
  5. Clean the Gutters: Clogged gutters can back up against the house, and damaging roofing, siding and wood trim that may lead to leaks.
  6. Divert Water: Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least three or four feet away from the foundation.
  7. Turn Off Exterior Faucets: Un-drained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting al garden hoses and draining water that remains in the faucets.
  8. Mulch Leaves When You Mow: Mow your leaves instead of raking them so that you can cut your leaves, while dry, into dime sized pieces that will fall among the grass blades, where they will decompose and nourish your grass throughout the winter.
  9. Stow Your Mower: When you stow your mower for the season, any remaining fuel remaining the engine is likely to decompose, causing difficulties later when you try to start the engine. Running the engine of its last bit of fuel will keep is running longer and better come spring.
  10. Call a Chimney Sweep: Before you burn any logs this winter; make sure that your fireplace, chimney and vents are clear of debris.

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