Preparing Your Home For Winter: Part Two

By Chuck Forman
In my last blog I discussed some of the items that you should address to prepare the interior of your home for winter. Today I will talk about some of the items that you should address to prepare the exterior of your home for winter. This is a small list of items that we look at when performing an annual maintenance inspection of our clients homes. 

1. Gutters - make certain they are clean of debris and that they are securely attached to your home. Be certain the downspouts are cleared of any debris and if they are not terminating in drain systems be certain they have extensions on them to direct the flow of water away from your foundation. If they do terminate in drains try to determine that the drains are flowing freely.
2. Window Well Drains - If your window wells are equipped with drains make certain that any debris that may impede the flow of melting snow is removed from the well. If your window wells do not have drains you may want to consider purchasing covers for your window wells to keep snow build up out of them.
3. Windows - Check the caulking around your windows to be certain that it is not cracked, and deteriorated, from the summer heat and sun. Be certain to look at the caulk around, and above, any wood trim over your windows. Blowing snow has a tendency to build up above window trim and when melting will seep into the siding if the window is not properly flashed. 
4. Roof - Check to be certain that there are no missing shingles, or broken tiles, that built up snow may be able to seep into when it begins melting.
5. Foundation - Make certain that there are not items placed next to the foundation that will hold melting snow/water next to the foundation. Once again we want to be certain that water is flowing away from the foundation walls of the home. If you have a patio that is connected to your home caulk any cracks that may have formed between the patio slab and the foundation of the home. 
6. Irrigation System - Have your irrigation system blown out with air and properly winterized prior to the first freeze. This will not only save you headaches when you start the system up next spring, but it will also save you money in the long run. 
Once again, these are only a few of the items that we look for when performing one of our "Annual Maintenance Inspections" for our clients. If you would like to have one of these inspections performed you can reach us at 720-988-3387.

Chuck Forman