1. Turn off and detach all hoses from outdoor faucets. There shouldn’t be any water left in the lines, as they will be some of the first areas to freeze if your home loses heat.
2. Clean out your gutters. Clogged gutters are among the leading causes of ice damage, so make sure yours are clear. You may have to clean them twice this season, depending on how many trees are in your neighborhood.
3. Clear the downspouts. This way, water will be directed away from your home as things thaw out. The last thing you want is for water to start building up at your foundation.
4. Properly store all outdoor machinery. Now is the time to put away lawnmowers and other such equipment. Storing them high up and making sure they are covered will help deter mice and other pests from making homes in your shed or garage. While you’re at it, make sure to get winter equipment (like snowblowers) serviced ahead of time.
5. Seal up air leaks around windows and doors. This will keep your home warmer and your energy bills lower.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.