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Is Your Home Prepared For Winter?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

My last post detailed how to ensure your restaurants were prepared for the upcoming colder weather. This post deals with a checklist of actions preparing your home for winter. It may still be warm but it will change soon. Following is a brief checklist of items for Fall Maintenance:

- Inspect your roof. Check for any curled shingles or corroded flashing. Repair as necessary.

- Check windows and doors for drafts. Use a candle, moving around interior of window frame. If light flickers, a draft is present. Re-caulk windows and replace door seals as necessary.

- Clean all gutters and check for proper drainage. It's extremely important to have good drainage to prevent water from freezing and causing a serious issue.

- Check exterior siding, if applicable, for any holes or cracks. Caulk where necessary.

- Replace window/door screens with storm windows.

- Drain hoses and disconnect from spigot. In very cold environments, place a styrofoam cover over the spigot for additional protection. Place drained hoses in a dry, warm place (garage).

- Drain irrigation (sprinkler) system.

- Have furnace professional inspected and change the air filter.

- Reprogram t-stat for lower temperature settings at night.

- Replace batteries in smoke/CO2 detectors.

- If wood is used in fireplace, have it professional inspected and cleaned. Check for proper damper operation.

- Empty gas/oil from lawnmowers, trimmers, weed eaters, etc.

- Clean and store seasonal patio furniture cushions to prevent mildew and weathering.

By spending a little time, effort, and money, you'll be able to minimize potential expensive repairs. If I missed any, let me know. Bring on the cold!!

Dover and out.

Tags:  drafts  fall maintenance  fireplace  furnace  gutters  irrigation system  smoke detectors 

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Mark Sullivan II, DWM Facilities Maintenance says...
Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Thanks for sharing Jeff!
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