If you cleaned out your gutters, fertilized your lawn and caulked your window trim last week, then you are ready for Part 2 of Home Winterization – Facing the Cold Before it Hits.
Let’s jump right in and cover your chimney – almost literally.
- Chimney Heat Loss
If you are not using your fireplace, you need to be aware of how heat can escape right up through your chimney. Dampers warp and corrode, which not only allows heat to exit, but the cold will sneak in as well. There are multiple ways to reduce this heat and cold transfer and a chimney balloon is good and inexpensive start that can be found at your local hardware store or online. The balloon is inflated past the dampers and that’s all there is to it. Chimney balloons also help prevent debris from accumulating on hearths. If you utilize your fireplace on a regular basis, this tip will not apply as well to you, but something to note when your fireplace is not in use. Of course, don’t forget to remove the balloon before using your fireplace.
- Outdoor Faucets
Disconnect and store your garden hoses away for the winter. This is a simple, yet often overlooked aspect of winterization. If your home has a separate shut-off valve for your exterior faucets, turn it off and drain the remaining water from your faucets. If you have a sprinkler systems, these need to be turned off and drained as well. A pipe burst can result in massive damage to your home. Anywhere cold air makes contact with pipes could allow for them to freeze. Insulate your pipes and keep your home above 55º as an additional measure to help prevent freezing. If you suspect that a pipe is frozen, it will need to be slowly thawed. Best solution is to call a professional in the case of frozen pipes.
- Dead Patches
Fall is a perfect time to repair any dead patches or bald spots in your yard. There are lawn repair mixtures available that contains fertilizer, mulch and grass seed. First, loosen up the soil with a rake and then spread a generous layer of the mixture over the balding area. The mixture then needs to be pressed down lightly followed by a thorough watering. Follow instructions on the repair mixture bag or consult a lawn care specialist. Autumn is also a great time to take care of weeds, fertilize your entire lawn and aerate the soil.
BONUS – Don’t forget to reverse the direction on your ceiling fans. In the summer they should rotate counterclockwise pushing air toward the floor while in the winter the air should flow upward and out to redistribute warm air.
Peak into next week – HVAC, attic leaks & insulation.
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