21 Nov 2016

Windows & Doors

  • Check weatherstrips around windows and doors to prevent heat loss.
  • Screen doors? Replace with storm doors.
  • Wooden window frames should be checked for rot or decay.
  • Check for drafts.

Lawn, Garden & Deck

  • Trim overgrown branches back from the house and electrical wires to prevent iced-over or wind-swept branches from causing property damage or a power problem.
  • Check sturdiness of handrails.
  • Ensure rain or snow drains away from the house to avoid foundation problems.
  • Clean and cover patio/ lawn furniture. Put in storage if you have it.
  • Remove any attached hoses and store them away for the winter to prevent cracks, preserve their shapes, and prolong their life. Wrap outside faucets with covers to prevent water damage.

Tools & Machinery

  • Place shovels, snow blower and other winter tools in an easily accessible location.
  • Keep an ample amount of snow melt or sand for walkways.
  • Change oil and spark plug of snow blower.

Ventilation & Heating

  • Bleed valves on any hot-water radiators to increase heating efficiency by releasing air that may be trapped inside.
  • Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
  • Remove Air Conditioners from windows.
  • If you have an older thermostat, replace it with a programmable unit to save on heating costs.
  • Install foam-insulating sheets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls to reduce outside airflow.

Gutters & Roof

  • Check for missing, damaged or warped shingles
  • Check for deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, and skylights and around vent pipes.
  • Clean gutters of any debris. Make sure downspouts extend away from the house by at least 5 feet to prevent flooding of the foundation and water damage from snowmelt.

And of course we are only a phone call away to help with any of your home roofing, repair and remodeling needs! 

(540) 721-1329