Before winter hits, you’ll need to take care of these tasks now. Early planning is key! Here is a handy checklist to consult so you don’t miss anything.
1. Pack and Store Patio Furniture
First, clean all patio furniture well, including cushions, allowing everything to dry completely. If you don’t have a secure storage unit or shed on site and don’t want to transport your items to an off-site storage unit, it’s best to have a professional shrink wrap your furniture for safe keeping. This will protect your items from the snow, wind and ice. You can do the same for seasonal outdoor toys and pool equipment.
2. Organize and Clean Your Garage
- Empty out your garage and put everything out on the grass or driveway.
- Purge items you no longer need or want.
- Clean the garage.
- Organize equipment as you put it back.
- Add cubbies and shelves for more strategic placement.
- Store things methodically, such as summer sports equipment in one place and winter skis and gear in another.
3. Clean and Weatherproof the Deck
Sweep your deck, then clean it with a hose or very low pressure washer. Apply a sealant or new coat of paint to your wood deck for extra protection against snow and ice.
4. Check the Roof
No need to get up on the roof. You can inspect your roof from the ground using binoculars. Look for signs of damage such as loose or missing shingles. Call a roofer if you see anything that concerns you. If you see black streaks and other dirt, make an appointment for roof cleaning.
5. Weatherproof Doors and Windows
Place weather stripping around all doors and windows. Check for gaps and cracks, applying caulk as necessary. This will keep drafts out during the winter, which will help you save on heating costs.
6. Prepare Outdoor Faucets
Disconnect all garden hoses, being careful to drain any remaining water. That’s because pipes can freeze and expand in winter, and may burst. It’s also a good idea to place insulating covers on outdoor faucets.
7. Check the Gutters
Clear your gutters and downspouts of any blockages such as leaves, dirt and twigs. Clogs can cause water to back up against the house. Leaks, as well as damaged roofing, siding and wood trim can all occur in this case. It’s advisable to hire a professional for gutter cleaning so you don’t damage the gutter system or fall from the ladder.
Contact Clearview Washing
Clearview Washing can help with many of these tasks when preparing your property for winter. Give us a call today at 732-462-1187 to book an appointment.