Spring cleaning happens to be something many people do, but probably only a few people understand what it is to winterize your home. As soon as fall arrives you really should inspect your home's readiness for the upcoming winter. Autumn, with the attendant dying out of leafy growth, is an excellent time to examine your residence's walls, since it will be easier to spot any shrubs that are becoming invasive. Clinging vines and the roots of plants damage siding and in many cases bricks, so it is good to keep them cleaned off.
Should they be no longer needed to do any watering, the garden hose should all be emptied and rolled up to be placed into storage for the winter. The water to your external faucets should be turned off, in order that they can drain and get dry. If you are finished with your backyard furniture for the year, clean it up and then store it in a dry spot. In case you have any trees that happen to be still developing, and especially those that have not endured a winter, shield them by placing mulch around the base of their stems. All water drainage ditches really should be cleared so they can cope with any heavy rains.
As soon as the weather conditions starts to get colder, it is time to start thinking about fireplaces. Get your chimney swept soon enough, before the first cold spell, because that's typically when everyone wakes up and wants it done. If you are likely to need firewood, find a source and create a good stock early. Should you find yourself in a rural area, look out for local residents selling firewood without advertising. Verify and ensure that all the smoke sensors are working, irrespective of whether you light fires in winter or not. A lot of people leave Christmas lights up all year, and the cables should be checked for flexibility. If you typically mount storm windows, this is the time to do it. Weather-stripping gets drier with the warm temperatures, so they might all need to be replaced.
The windows are usually seldom opened in winter, therefore it is necessary to check the condition of the filters in the range hood. Check that the pitch of the ground around your house will still allow water to flow away. Water emptying into the basement and the foundation can cause significant problems. First it could cause wet rot, which in turn could cause dry rot, which is just not something you want in your home anywhere. Frequently examine your home for warning signs of seepage.
It is apparently inevitable that leakages come, and the most likely places are the roof, the gutter and down-spouts, and the inside plumbing. Make it a priority to get any sort of leaks you find fixed. Wrap any external pipes, definitely so if your house is older, and cut down drafts by placing a cover over air-conditioning units. Dust is more quickly noticed in the winter, so shampooing the carpets is recommended. Finish off by just cleaning the windows.