Posted on November 6, 2012
Well, it’s that time again. Fall roams around, the winds blow, the rains come and the leaves pile up etc., etc., etc. So, Pillar to Post (a local Professional Home Inspection company) has compiled their annual check list to help us do all the necessary things to prepare and protect our home from winter damage. It is a follows:
__ Remove moss from roof. Solutions and instructions can be found at home improvement centers. (Avoid pressure washing as this can do damage.)
__ Check flashing and repair any damaged or loose shingles.
__ Clean gutters
__ Keep trees and branches trimmed 6’ from roof and off power lines
__ Trim all vegetation 12 inches away from siding
__ Keep earth 6 inches away from siding and all other wood while maintaining a gentle slope away from the home.
__ Remove all debris away from home such as leaves as this helps keep pests away.
__ Store firewood at least 10 feet from home to avoid pest infestation.
__To help protect your home from water damage, keep all gaps and joints in siding and around doors and windows, caulked, well painted and sealed.
__ Add storm windows in older homes for better heat efficiency.
__ Insulate plumbing lines to help protect them from freezing.
__ Keep all foundation vents unblocked year round, except during freezing weather. This provides adequate ventilation especially in the winter months when it is most damp.
__ Have chimneys & flues professionally cleaned before use. (Soot build-up can lead to flue fires which often cause house fires.)
__ Annually service gas/propane furnaces
__ Replace/clean filters.
__ Have heat registers professionally cleaned (or vacuum out as far as possible) to cut down on dust or impurities in air.
__ Check weather stripping around doors & windows (If you can see light around a closed door improvement is needed.)
__ Replace smoke alarms batteries and add carbon monoxide monitors if your home uses gas or propane for any appliances or has an attached garage (needed, too, if you burn wood)
__ Add UV lights, if desired, to help cope with our drab winter days.
__ Turn water to “frost free” faucets off or insulate them at interior and exterior
__ Remove all hoses. Even if you “Frost Free” faucets, freezing water from hose can damage lines.
*Thank you, Jeffrey Livingston, Pillar to Post Home Inspection, for your informative and timely information.