Don’t Overlook These Winter Home Prep Tips Winter is here and it’s time to get the house in order. Though many people remember to put plastic at the windows, have the heat inspected, and get the chimney cleaned and/or repaired, there are a lot of other things you need to do to get ready for the season. The winter brings with it the threat of storms and below freezing temperatures and you’ll want to be ready. Here are some actions you may have overlooked in getting prepared. Have the Roof Inspected If snowstorms happen to get heavy where you live, then you don’t want to forget to have your roof inspected. The weight of the snow and ice can cause the roof to cave in, resulting in leaks, and the potential for mold growth when the weather gets warm. A roofer can assess the roof’s integrity to ensure that it will withstand the snow and ice. They can make repairs to holes or missing parts and ensure you stay safe and dry all winter long. Get the Pests Out It’s hibernating season for most pests and this means they’re looking for a place to call home for the next few months. Unless you want to share your house with the likes of mice, roaches, spiders, and other pests, it’s a good idea to hire an expert. Companies like Moxie, an expert in pest control in Las Vegas and other cities, offers services that include safely spraying the home to rid it of any unwanted pests. They’ll check for access points and make you aware so you can secure your home for the winter. Get the Carpets Cleaned All summer long the family has been trailing back and forth through the home. They bring in all types of bacteria, germs, and allergens which can make for a pretty horrible winter. When your home is closed up and all the allergens are flying around the house, it can be easy for anyone to get sick. To remedy this, you should have your carpets thoroughly cleaned. Whether you hire a professional or clean them yourself, it will improve the air quality in the home and reduce the chances of you getting sick. Winterize the Sprinkler System Here’s one that people often overlook, the need to have your sprinkler system winterized. You’ll need to turn off the water supply and blow compressed air into the sprinkler lines. This will remove excess water so that they do not freeze and burst from the extreme temperatures in the winter. Tend to the Yard Don’t wait for a snow storm to actually hit to decide to secure your lawn furniture. Before the weather gets too cold, you should tend to your yard. Cover all patio furniture and assess your deck. If necessary, put a coat of sealer on the deck before it gets cold. Remove all oil and gas from the lawn mower and lock it in the shed. You’ll also want to drain the fountains or turn off water pumps to features in the yard. If necessary, make sure that you prune the trees to get rid of any weak branches that could break off in a storm. Prep Your Lights The winter time means that you’ll have less daylight. To ensure your safety, it is a good idea to prepare your home with the proper lighting. Installing landscaping lights along walkways and/or security lights near the front and back door will keep your house lit and keep you and your loved ones safe. To save money, install devices that use LED lighting. Repair Steps, Railings, and Broken Pathways The cold temperatures often bring with it ice and snow which makes it especially dangerous as you walk. This danger is increased when you’re dealing with a broken step, railing, or walkway. If there are issues like a loose railing, a crack in the sidewalk or a broken step, it is best to repair them before the winter sets in. If you’ve overlooked these winter prep tips, there’s still time to get them done. Your home does a lot to keep you and your family secure and warm during the winter. Therefore, it is imperative that you do your due diligence to make sure the home functions properly. By making sure that the above-mentioned tasks are taken care of, your home will be a lot stronger and ready to endure whatever the winter might bring your way.
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Don’t Overlook These Winter Home Prep Tips Winter is here and it’s time to get the house in order. Though many people remember to put plastic at the windows, have the heat inspected, and get the chimney cleaned and/or repaired, there are a lot of other things you need to do to get ready for the season. The winter brings with it the threat of storms and below freezing temperatures and you’ll want to be ready. Here are some actions you may have overlooked in getting prepared. Have the Roof Inspected If snowstorms happen to get heavy where you live, then you don’t want to forget to have your roof inspected. The weight of the snow and ice can cause the roof to cave in, resulting in leaks, and the potential for mold growth when the weather gets warm. A roofer can assess the roof’s integrity to ensure that it will withstand the snow and ice. They can make repairs to holes or missing parts and ensure you stay safe and dry all winter long. Get the Pests Out It’s hibernating season for most pests and this means they’re looking for a place to call home for the next few months. Unless you want to share your house with the likes of mice, roaches, spiders, and other pests, it’s a good idea to hire an expert. Companies like Moxie, an expert in pest control in Las Vegas and other cities, offers services that include safely spraying the home to rid it of any unwanted pests. They’ll check for access points and make you aware so you can secure your home for the winter. Get the Carpets Cleaned All summer long the family has been trailing back and forth through the home. They bring in all types of bacteria, germs, and allergens which can make for a pretty horrible winter. When your home is closed up and all the allergens are flying around the house, it can be easy for anyone to get sick. To remedy this, you should have your carpets thoroughly cleaned. Whether you hire a professional or clean them yourself, it will improve the air quality in the home and reduce the chances of you getting sick. Winterize the Sprinkler System Here’s one that people often overlook, the need to have your sprinkler system winterized. You’ll need to turn off the water supply and blow compressed air into the sprinkler lines. This will remove excess water so that they do not freeze and burst from the extreme temperatures in the winter. Tend to the Yard Don’t wait for a snow storm to actually hit to decide to secure your lawn furniture. Before the weather gets too cold, you should tend to your yard. Cover all patio furniture and assess your deck. If necessary, put a coat of sealer on the deck before it gets cold. Remove all oil and gas from the lawn mower and lock it in the shed. You’ll also want to drain the fountains or turn off water pumps to features in the yard. If necessary, make sure that you prune the trees to get rid of any weak branches that could break off in a storm. Prep Your Lights The winter time means that you’ll have less daylight. To ensure your safety, it is a good idea to prepare your home with the proper lighting. Installing landscaping lights along walkways and/or security lights near the front and back door will keep your house lit and keep you and your loved ones safe. To save money, install devices that use LED lighting. Repair Steps, Railings, and Broken Pathways The cold temperatures often bring with it ice and snow which makes it especially dangerous as you walk. This danger is increased when you’re dealing with a broken step, railing, or walkway. If there are issues like a loose railing, a crack in the sidewalk or a broken step, it is best to repair them before the winter sets in. If you’ve overlooked these winter prep tips, there’s still time to get them done. Your home does a lot to keep you and your family secure and warm during the winter. Therefore, it is imperative that you do your due diligence to make sure the home functions properly. By making sure that the above-mentioned tasks are taken care of, your home will be a lot stronger and ready to endure whatever the winter might bring your way.
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