Winter is Coming. Is Your Home Ready?
Having a home takes some regular maintenance. Seasonal changes are a major trigger for tending to your home. With the arrival of winter, here are some key steps to get your home ready for the cold.
1: Protect Your Irrigation System
If your home has an irrigation system, you need to prepare it for winter by flushing the water out of the pipes. This is best done by a professional who can use special equipment and connect their machine to your irrigation system. If you don’t flush the water out of those pipes, then it will freeze with the cold winter temperatures and can lead to a pipe bursting. We recommend and use Ronco Irrigation for this professional service. Rob Busser is the point of contact here.
2: If you have a pool, winterize it
Pool maintenance for the winter is a multi-step process, It begins with lowering the water level of your pool and draining the pipes to avoid that water freezing and those pipes bursting, which will leave you with a leak come springtime. We recommend that you use a professional pool company to manage the winter maintenance. Additionally, the pool company can place a winter cover on the pool. The winter pool cover is more porous and flexible than the summer hard cover, and it will protect the pool and extend its lifespan. We recommend and use Lewis Aquatech for year-round pool maintenance. Lewis Aquatech has a special winter watch program where they monitor your pool and pipes. The owner, Joe Gwiz Jr is the point of contact. You can email [email protected] for a quote. Services starting at $450 depending on the extent of the system, email Dave for an estimate, and mention we sent you.
3: Shut Off Outdoor Spigots
Like the pool and the irrigation system, freezing temperatures can lead to burst pips and other damage to your outdoor spigots. Each spigot should have a shutoff valve in the interior of the house. After you shut off from the inside, be sure to drain the remaining water by turning the spigot on outside and emptying it out.
4: Clean Gutters and Windows (In that Order!)
Most people clean their windows in September and then their gutters later in October. While there’s nothing wrong with this sequence, the inevitable splashing from the gutter cleaning streaks up your window and impacts the view. With the short daylight hours and less shade from leafless trees, make the most of your views by cleaning the gutters first and then cleaning the windows. We recommend scheduling a professional window and gutter cleaning with E&R Services. This team of trained professionals will ensure your gutters and windows get cleaned and look amazing. Emilio Rodriguez (owner) is the point of contact.
5: Power Wash Deck and Patio
Over the summer, and with the accumulation of leaves, mold and stains can develop on your patio and deck. Both of these can lead to slicker conditions as winter rain, snow and ice develop over the season. We recommend a power wash to for safety and appearance. E&R Services is a resource for this work.
6: Check Outdoor Lighting
In the course of preparing the house for long, dark winter nights, it’s a good idea to check all of your outdoor lighting to make sure they are in working order. In addition to winterizing your irrigation system, Ronco Irrigation can help with this chore.
7: Clean Fireplace and Chimney
If you have a traditional wood-burning fireplace, you need to make sure that you have it checked and cleaned before using it in the cold winter months. Birds can nest in the chimney or soot can accumulate, both of which are bad for the draw of the smoke and potentially dangerous. We recommend Rooftop Chimney Sweeps to get things ready for a cozy winter fire.
8: HVAC- Check your heating and cooling system and change your filters.
All heating and air conditioning equipment should be inspected every season by a qualified heating and air conditioning technician prior to every season to ensure maximum efficiency and safety. In our region many HVAC companies offer discounted rates and it is a good time to have an affordable service provided at a reasonable price to ensure worry free operation of your equipment. It’s important to know and understand your HVAC system and its specific maintenance needs. If you don’t change the filter, you can over-exert the motor and shorten the life expectancy of the system. The heat pump coils, electrical connections, blower, drains, and other essential systems need to be cleaned, inspected and adjusted to assure maximum efficiency. For gas furnaces, the venting, burners, heat exchanger, ignitor and flame sensors are among the elements that require maintenance, which is best done right before winter puts the maximum strain on the system.
We recommend and use ARS to maintain all HVAC needs and services. Mike Lindsey (Service Manager) is the point of contact here. Mention this article and Mike will offer a $49 special on their seasonal system inspection as well as offering a 15% discount on all repairs.
9: Check your battery supply
Key household components like your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and garage door openers should be in good working condition. But make sure you have replacement batteries in case you need to make a replacement on a cold winter night!
If you have any questions about winterizing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Stay Warm!