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: firstname.lastname@example.org