Check out Jacques list of tips for maintaining your home through the chilly winter months!
Confirm Proper Roof Drainage
Check downspouts and gutters to make sure that after the leaves fall the gutters get cleaned out—anything with the potential to freeze and exacerbate the problem with ice damage. Keep the drainage of the water off the roof and not clogged in the gutters.
Heating Systems Maintenance
Have your furnaces cleaned and inspected annually to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage. Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking
your home’s heating vents.
Insulate water pipes for the cold weather.
Remove hoses from hose bibs.
During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
Drain Your Lawn-Irrigation System
If you have a sump pump, slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pit to see whether the pump turns on. You should do this every few months, but especially after a long dry season or before a rainy one.
Chimney and Dryer Vent Maintenance
Have chimneys cleaned and maintained. If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you’re not using it.
Clean out dryer vents for clothes dryers
You may be tempted to get out the pruning shears after the leaves fall, when you can first see the underlying structure of the plant. But horticulturalists advise waiting to prune until late winter for most plants, when they’ve been long dormant and just before spring growth begin