How to Prepare the Exterior of Your Home for Winter

With these warm, beautiful days we’ve been enjoying, it’s hard to believe that cold, harsh winter weather is on its way. While we are blessed with milder winters, cold snaps do happen. Last year attested to that. Severe weather is more bound to strike too. That’s why we put this handy list together for you to check off so you can rest easy this winter!  

Drain Outdoor Faucets 

Since there is still need to water your lawn and garden, you might not have to worry about this one until later, but keep it in mind! When that first frost is scheduled, disconnect and drain all hoses from outside spigots to prevent freeze damage. Don’t forget about your sprinkler system. Unless you are sure on how to service it, call a professional. Bursted pipes and systems can cost you a lot of money and grief in the long run.   

Fix Driveway and Sidewalk Cracks 

When water gets into a crack and freezes, it expands, which leads to an even bigger crack. We’ve seen our fair share! They also don’t respond to pressure washing very well. Before your driveway becomes an eyesore, grab some concrete crack sealer and patch up the problem areas. If your drive is beyond the patching point, it might be a good idea to consider hiring pavers for an estimate. Don’t forget about So Clean to keep the concrete looking brand new! 

Fertilize the Lawn 

The grass might seem fine now, but to keep it looking its best, you must prepare months in advance. By fertilizing now, you can prevent winter damage, and get a greener lawn as soon as the weather turns nice again. Take action before the first expected frost date. Before you fertilize, be sure to aerate if necessary. This will help open your lawn up to better water, air penetration, and nutrients.  

Clean Out and Examine the Gutter System 

When leaves start falling, your gutters are put to the test. It’s ironic that during this time they also might go through a lot of other tests due to increased rainfall and storm activity. It might seem silly to check your gutters before all the leaves fall, but it’s worth a look to make sure they don’t get plugged up during a downpour. 

After the rest of the leaves fall, do a complete gutter cleaning. Test the gutters to make sure they are doing their job in directing water away from your property. If you are weary of heights, we can help!  

Address the Home’s Exterior  

Fall is the perfect time to work outdoors. The lowered humidity makes for perfect working weather as well. Look for chips in your paint, siding that needs replaced and mold growth. Address each issue with the specific service needed. If you have mold or staining on your siding, you know who to call!  

Inspect the Roof 

Your roof is a vital part of your home. Getting it checked out at least twice a year is pertinent to your home’s functionality. Go up there and look for cracked caulk and rust on the flashing, missing or broken shingles, shingles that are curling or buckling, a missing or damaged chimney cap, cracked or worn rubber boots around vent pipes, and masses of moss. Here’s a handy list of things to check for and how to fix them yourself. 

If you find black algae stains, those can be cleaned off, which we can handle for you! Don’t get up on the roof if you are afraid to. There are plenty of companies that will give you a free roof inspection! No need to bother with ladders or heights! Give us a call for references

Bottom Line 

We have just scratched the surface of what it means to prep your house for winter. There could be items that are more pertinent than others and some that are particular to your situation. One thing is for sure, you won’t want to do these things when it’s bitterly cold or when your schedule is full of Christmas events. Tackle them now and enjoy the Fall and Winter seasons!  

Want your house to look gorgeous for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Hire So Clean to soft wash your house and roof, clean out your gutters, clean and stain your fencing, and pressure wash your paved surfaces! You’ll be the envy of all your neighbors! Get on our schedule today!  

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