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Annual Winter Maintenance Tasks

§  Exterior Maintenance Tasks

§  Replace your window screens with storm windows if you have them. If you do not have storm windows, it’s still a good idea to remove the screens.

§  Drain your garden hoses and store them in the garage or a covered area.

§  Get your chimney cleaned if you rely on a fireplace or a woodstove for heat.

§  Identify tree hazards that could pose a risk to your home or safety from a heavy snow load or strong wind.

§  Place a screen over intake vents to prevent rodents from discovering a warm place to call home.

§  Clean debris from flat roofs or roof valleys where leaves can collect and hold moisture.

§  Store patio furniture in the garage or garden shed.

§  Interior Maintenance Tasks

§  Reverse the direction of ceiling fans to force warm air down into the room.

§  Install or increase attic insulation or have a professional inspection if you’re concerned about heat loss through the roof.

§  Inspect pipes that run on exterior walls for proper insulation or any vulnerabilities to freezing.

§  Have your furnace or heating system professionally inspected.

§  Check batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

§  Turn off water valves that supply water to hose spigots if you have them.

§  Pour a few gallons of water in your sump pit to make sure the sump pump works correctly.

§  Remove and store any window mounted AC units.

§  If your HVAC system has a humidifier, get it inspected and calibrated. Make sure the drain line is clear.

On-Going Winter Maintenance Tasks

§  Exterior Tasks

§  Continue to monitor the roof for any ice dams or damage. Icicles hanging from your roof line is an indication of a poorly insulated attic and a potential ice damn threat.

§  Keep large snowdrifts from piling up against your home.

§  Use sand or gravel on walkways for traction. Salt/ice-melt is also effective but has a narrow operating temperature range and isn’t very environmentally friendly.

§  Keep driveways and walkways clear of snow between storms.

§  Interior Tasks

§  Monitor windows and doors for drafts.

§  During deep cold spells (less than 15 degrees for more than 24 hours) keep all interior doors open to encourage heat circulation.

§  Replace your HVAC air filter every three months.



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