Nothing is worse than receiving the colder months unprepared. If you know you have to get your house ready for winter, take a look at this article, and you'll probably end up with some ideas to try on your own. None of these tasks takes too much money or time, so get ready for the colder season with these important activities to do before winter.
Disconnect Garden Hoses
If you don’t disconnect your garden hose, you risk getting major water damage caused by water trapped inside the spigot, a phenomenon caused by frozen water.
Lube Your Car Before Winter
Cold weather might damage your entire car before you even notice it. Proper lube can prevent the binding and freezing of tube locks, latches, hinges, and window channels. You can even do this in less than 20 minutes! All you need to get started is a dry Teflon spray, spray lithium grease, a rag, and a glass cleaner.
Switch Your Car’s Wipers to Winter Wiper Blades
If it's snowing hard outside, and you're having trouble using your regular wipers, replace them with special winter wiper blades. Regular blades often become packed with snow and ice, and the rubber covering them isn't enough to prevent that problem. Winter blades are wrapped with a special rubber boot that prevents ice and snow from sticking and will help you improve visibility while driving.
Clean Your Attic’s Venting
Poor attic ventilation can cause ice dams in the winter season, increasing cooling costs, and might even bring mold into your home. Dams also reduce the life of shingles during warmer months.
Take your precautions and clean the vents with a simple leaf blower, by making sure to unclog them from dust and debris. Otherwise, these vents might lose their effectiveness. Make sure to clean the vents every few years, unless you live in a zone with many trees outside, which will clog your vents in one season.
Check Your Chimney Before Winter
Buildup causes chimney fires. That’s why you should have your chimney professionally checked or cleaned after every 70 fires. If you burn wet wood (which is a big NO), have it inspected every 50 fires.
Empty Your Flower Pots
If you don’t want your flower pots to break due to the low temperatures of the winter months, make sure to always keep them empty. Otherwise, they might end up getting cracked or broken, due to the moist soil inside them that gets expanded when they freeze. No matter the material of the pot (ceramic, glass, or clay), it will get damaged if you leave soil inside them.
Protect Your Air Conditioner Compressor
There’s no reason to wrap your entire air conditioner for the winter, since this might cause condensation and invite rodents, causing an early corrosion. Set a piece of plywood on top of the unit to protect it from icicles.