Cold weather is coming and it’s time to winterize your Colorado home. There are several things those in the Denver metro area should do to their real estate to get it winterized. So here are some tips for you.
Have your chimney cleaned if you use a fireplace or insert. Also test smoke and CO2 alarms. This is especially important if you have gas heat or use a fireplace insert! Have your ducts cleaned. When it turns on the first time, the last thing you need is for a bunch of dust to blow around the house!
Outside there are several things you should do. Remove damaged branches from trees and trim them back. Snow can get heavy and big branches can cause a lot of damage to your home if they get weighed down and break due to snow or ice.
Also rake up leaves and clean up the yard. Clean out your gutters. If they are full of leaves water will not flow and will dam up under the shingles, damaging the roof when it freezes. Inspect your roof and have it repaired if necessary. Check windows inside and out to be sure seals are intact. Caulk where necessary to make them airtight.
Unhook hoses and put them away. Pools should be shut down for the season and outside faucets and sprinkler systems should be shut down and any water in the pipes blown out. If you don’t they will freeze and crack causing leaks
Just a little bit of maintenance can mean the difference between higher bills, or a warm, cozy, leak free home!