Preparing for the Cold

Winter is on its way, and while you’re enjoying the last few weeks of autumn, it’s a great time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. In this guide, we will help you out with a few simple DIY tasks to ensure a cozy and comfortable winter.

  1. As temperatures drop, any water left in your garden hoses can freeze and damage the hose and spigot. Disconnect hoses, drain them, and store them in a dry place. If your outdoor spigot has a shutoff valve, close it to prevent water from freezing inside the pipe.
  2. Give your lawn and shrubs a final trim before winter. Shorter grass is less likely to mat down under snow, which can create a breeding ground for disease. Trimming shrubs helps prevent heavy snow accumulation that can damage or uproot them.
  3. If you have a gasoline-powered lawn mower, consider adding a fuel stabilizer to prevent fuel from degrading over the winter. Clean the mower and store it in a protected area.
  4. Outdoor furniture can deteriorate when exposed to winter weather. Clean and store it in a dry place, or use furniture covers to protect it from snow and ice.
  5. Check for drafts around windows and doors. Use weatherstripping to seal any gaps and prevent cold air from entering your home.
  6. Before the coldest days arrive, test your heating systems. Make sure your furnace, fireplace, and space heaters are in working order. Replace filters in forced-air systems to improve efficiency. Here is our guide on testing your heating system so you are prepared!
  7. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace their batteries if needed. Safety is a top priority during the winter season. Here is our DIY tips for keeping your detectors functioning properly.
  8. Clean gutters and downspouts to allow for proper drainage, reducing the risk of ice dams and roof damage. We have an easy guide on cleaning your gutters here!

Getting your home winter-ready with these DIY tips will not only keep you comfortable during the cold season but also save you from potential costly repairs. From disconnecting hoses to insulating drafts, each task contributes to a warm and secure winter environment. By taking these steps, you’ll ensure a cozy, hassle-free winter, allowing you to relax and enjoy the season to the fullest.