10/15/12

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5 Tips for Winter Home Maintenance in Colorado

During his first-year as a homeowner, Cory was not well-versed in successfully preparing for a Colorado winter. “My first winter as a homeowner brought a few surprises. I waited about two weeks too long to blow out my irrigation system, which ended up costing me extra to get it fixed,” Cory said. “Then, about mid-winter, a fuse to my furnace went out, and it could have caused frozen pipes and flooding had I not caught it quickly,” he continued. “Now I routinely get my furnace checked.”

Like Cory, many of us could use a few tips about how to effectively winterize our homes. Before the temperatures plummet, it’s important to prepare your home in order to prevent costly damage. Here are some simple tips from Garden of the Gods Club Director of Engineering David Kronshage about how to winterize your home like a pro.

Get a head start on winterizing your home with these helpful tips.

Get a head start on winterizing your home with these helpful tips.

1. Prevent plumbing freezes. Plumbing freezes can wreak havoc on your property, so it’s wise to take measures to prevent them. “To prevent plumbing freezes, be sure to drain and disconnect garden hoses from any hose bib on the house,” David said. “Also, be sure to drain and blow out irrigation systems.”

2. Test important detectors. “Not only do I recommend testing all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, but I would consider adding a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home,” David advised. The new season is a great time to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure your family’s safety.

3. Prep for the first snowfall. The first snowfall will happen whether or not you are ready, and taking simple precautions will help you ease into winter.  “Drain the gas from your lawn mower, or add stabilizer to the gas,” David said. “Also, start up the snow blower and have it serviced if needed to be ready for the first snowfall.”

4. Clean your fireplace. “Whether your fireplace is wood-burning or uses gas, it’s important to prepare for winter by testing it out and checking for any needed repairs,” David recommended. “Consider having a professional clean wood-burning chimney flues.”

5. Get your furnace in shape. Having your furnace regularly checked is a great safety measure. “Get your furnace ready for heating season by checking the air filter and changing it if needed. It is also helpful to have the air filter changed regularly,” David said. “Also, I recommend having a professional inspect your furnace to improve efficiencies and ensure safe operation.”

Winter is just around the corner, and now is the best time to prepare your home for cold temps. Waiting too long to winterize your home can lead to costly emergency repairs, much like what Cory experienced during his first year of Colorado home ownership. We hope that these tips help make your transition into winter a seamless one! If you have any other helpful winter home maintenance tips, we encourage you to share them in the comments box below.

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