Have you started preparing your custom homefor the winter season? The temperature is dropping and cold weather is upon us. Autumn is more than just a time to sit back and enjoy the change in colors. After all, if you take care of your home now, repairs during winter will hopefully be eliminated. Get your custom home in shape prior to winter with the following tips...
Empty Sprinkler Systems
Sprinkler systems are not cheap and could take a great amount of construction to reinstall. Simply turning off your system for the winter season may not be enough. You should have your sprinkler lines completely emptied out. You may want to call an expert to do the job using an air compressor. Residual water left in these lines could cause extreme damage to your irrigation system.
Check For Cracks
Take a quick walk around your home looking for openings where heat could leak out. You may need to add caulk to seals around older doors and windows. Also, check for small cracks in the paved areas of your property. These small cracks will turn to large ones if water freezes inside them. You might be surprised by how much air can leak in from the smallest cracks.
Trimming hedges, shrubs, and branches back will give them a fresh start in the spring to grow. When you are pruning, Chicago Botanic Garden suggests to try and keep the natural shape of the plant as much as possible, making it look like almost no pruning was done at all. Be sure to research the types of plants you have in your garden to make sure you are taking the right precautions. Roses, for example, need to be pruned and have the crowns buried before the weather turns nasty.
Winter sometimes means storms. Storms, as you know, can lead to power loss, blocked access to running water, and the inability to leave your custom home. Having a backup plan will keep your household happy. Stock up your food pantry with food and water. Also, have supplies in case power is lost, such as lanterns, candles, and gas heaters.
Protect Outdoor Furniture
Make sure your outdoor furniture is clean and dry before storing them away for the winter. Moisture, dirt, or stains left on outdoor furniture can cause mold or mildew. Furniture covers will usually do the job of protecting your furniture. However, the safest choice is to store your items in a shed or garage to protect against extreme elements. If your outdoor television does not have a temperature control system consider bringing it in for the winter to prevent the television’s components from freezing.
Keep your family safe and warm this winter. If you have more questions about preparing your custom home for the winter contact Carrington Homes.