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Team Marti’s Winter Home Maintenance Checklist 2017

Team Marti's Winter Home Maintenance ChecklistLike it or not, winter is just 10 days away. If you haven’t already prepped your home for winter and freezing temps, there’s still time. Use our handy checklist to make sure you and your home are ready for winter weather:

  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans so the blades rotate clockwise. Keep on a low speed to push air down from the ceiling into your room.
  • Have your furnace surfaced at the beginning of the season and make sure you change the filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Lower your thermostat or use a programmable thermostat to save on energy costs.
  • Remove window screens and install storm windows and doors, if you have them.
  • Shut off exterior water sources and cover the faucets to prevent freezing.
  • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent burst pipes.
  • Insulate your hot water heater.
  • Block drafts from doors and windows and seal cracks with door sweeps, door gaskets, calking and weather stripping.
  • Have your chimney cleaned annually to decrease your risk of fire and buildup and residue.
  • Remove any portable air conditioners and cover condensing units.
  • Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and free of debris. This will be particularly helpful when the heavy rains come.

 

Marti’s Home Care Tip #5: Winterization Tips from All Phase Maintenance

Although we’d love to pretend that winter won’t hit the Pacific Northwest this year, we’d be wise to plan ahead. To help you get ready for colder temps, Phil Burnett of All Phase Maintenance offers this tips for winterizing your home.

  1. Disconnect your garden hoses from all outdoor faucets.
  2. Drain and store garden hoses away.
  3. Install simple insulated faucet covers on each outdoor faucet.
  4. If you have a well, install a new light bulb in the pump house. Check and maintain that light all winter long.
  5. Install insulation blocks in crawler vents (from the outside) that will block wind from blowing in on your plumbing near your kitchen and bathrooms. Other vents do not cover or block
  6. Insulate pipes under your home.