Winterize Your Home
Is your home ready for freezing temperatures? Here's our #AskAHomeInspector guide to winterizing your home.
Winterize Your Home – From the Outside In
Garden, Grounds, Sprinkler System
Garden & Lawn – now is the time to trim it back and keep it clean. Don’t let leaves accumulate and stay for long periods. Put a nutrient winterizer on your lawn to keep your grass healthy through the winter
Sprinkler system – the main thing is to remove the water from the system before a freeze. 3 ways: the manual drain valve method, the automatic drain valve method or the compressed air blow-out method.
Patio furniture - bring any non-weatherproof materials in for storage.
Remove fall leaves
Trim back trees from roof
Trim back branches from power lines
Seal soffits & eaves
Check GFCI’s in soffits
Cover whirly bird type vents
Service your heater, esp gas
Insulate water heater (careful with gas)
Cover pipes that run through non-heated areas
Call a chimney sweep
Keep damper closed when not in use
Consider having an energy audit to see where you are losing heat.
Fix insulation gaps
Seal windows & doors
Seal plumbing penetration points
Consider removing solar screens on windows. Uncover south facing windows
Crawl space vent covers
Check seals on interior windows & doors
Clear all vents
Make sure cold air return vents are clear
Turn ceiling fans to clockwise, slow speed to encourage to help circulate warm air.
Insulate interior pipes - any pipes that are in non-conditioned air (crawlspace, under cabinets, attic, garage)