Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

I got the following information/advice from one of my favorite inspectors, Bud Monk. His contact info is at the bottom.

It’s that time of year again, and fall & winter are just around the corner. Are you ready?

Some things to think about in getting ready for Winter.

  • Check your AC condensing unit or your evaporative cooler (swamp cooler)
    • Clean the leaves and debris from the fins with a high pressure water hose or leaf blower, etc.
    • Cover the unit to protect it from snow and ice.
    • Drain swamp cooler and cover to prevent cold air from blowing back into the house.
  • Check your furnace (or have it serviced by a qualified HVAC technician). Turn the thermostat up to 80 and check to make sure the furnace fires and is running properly.
    • Change the filter if necessary.
    • Lubricate the blower fan.
    • Check your smoke and CO detectors to confirm they are working!!!!
  • Check your chimney and fireplace.
    • If you use your fireplace, be sure there are no bird or squirrel nests in the chimney.
    • Verify that the chimney cap is in place and didn’t blow off during a summer storm.
  • Remove and drain your hoses.
    • Disconnect the hoses from the hose bibs and drain the hoses.
    • Turn off the water to the hose bibs and open the valve. Or install the protective foam covers.
  • Drain the sprinkler system.
    • Turn off the water supply to the system.
    • Open all the zone valves and blow out the lines
    • Open the valves and drain the water from the vacuum breaker.
  • Remove the debris from the roof and the gutters.
    • Debris laying in the valley(s) can trap moisture and accelerate the deterioration of the shingles.
    • Debris in the gutters can prevent them from draining properly.
  • Storm windows.
    • If you have storm windows, now is the time to install them.
  • Check the weather stripping on doors and windows.
    • Repair or replace damaged weather stripping.
    • Check and repair / replace caulking around windows and doors.

AND, if you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, have a professional “winterize” your home so that nothing will freeze during your absence. For anyone wanting to do their own winterizing, I have a checklist that is available which will lead you step by step through the process of “winterizing” and “de-winterizing”. The checklist will probably contain several items the average person would not be aware of.

Bud Monk – A-1 Quality Home Inspections – 303.981.6699 – email: