We may be fairing well weather wise thus far, but soon enough winter’s cold temperatures will arrive. Prep your home for winter and the holiday season, try your hand at the following easy projects:
- Maintain walkways – With the lack of daylight hours and the influx of guests, having a safe passage to your door is critical. Clear away any obstructions and install some lighting along your walkways. Now is also a great time to check and fill any cracks in your sidewalks or driveway to avoid water damage. Water can easily seep into these cracks in the colder months and freeze, expanding the cracks even more.
- Prep your landscape – There’s still time to ensure your turf is in good condition before heading into the winter months. Applying a fertilizer with a high phosphorus formula now will encourage root growth so that your lawn can green quicker in the spring. This also helps it become more resistant to disease and drought.
- Install outdoor lights – Pathways aren’t the only thing that need to be lit. Walking around outside your home in dark, snowy and icy terrain can be an accident waiting to happen. Install motion sensor floodlights in areas where you could benefit from some extra illumination.
- Weatherstrip your doors – Over time, your door’s weather seals can wear out or tear – resulting in outside cold air free roam inside your home (or inside heat to leave). Easy enough for you, you can fix this in an afternoon. Learn how here »
- Maintain your washer and dryer – Replace old rubber hoses from your washing machine and remove all lint from your dryer. Excess lint not only prevents your machine from drying clothes but it can be a serious fire risk. Disconnect the exhaust pipe and remove any lint you find, making sure the outdoor tube vent is free of obstructions. You’ll also want to clean out your lint filter after each wash.
Patterson Plumbing & Heating is a full service company prepared to handle your winterization needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-554-4922 to diagnose the plumbing or heating problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.