5 Home Winterization Tips
Might not be super cold just yet in your Soquel area, but be sure to keep these tips in mind when winterizing your home.
The autumn season is the last chance to winterize your home and yard. In fact, your home’s exterior is often overlooked because most people tend to think of just stereotypical winterization chores, such as HVAC or water heater maintenance.
Below are the top five winterization tips for your Soquel home’s exterior.
Lawn care isn’t just limited to raking up leaves and removing debris. Both lawn and gardens need winter fertilizer. Winterizers are basically a lawn food that will help plants survive the cold season.
However, they are different from regular lawn fertilizers because they have less nitrogen and more phosphorus and potassium.
Also, be sure to avoid over pruning trees or shrubs because this will only cause harm in the long run.
You can save yourself some spring time trouble by taking care of weeds before frost and freezing temperatures set in. Cover any garden flower beds with burlap if necessary. Finally, transplant any small or tender plants that can’t survive cold weather into indoor pots.
Water System Maintenance
Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to burst. However, all of this can be avoided through wrapping pipes or adding pipe foam insulation.
Be sure to pay close attention to the pipes leading out of the water heater to the outside of the home. Also, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for sprinkler system care and maintenance.
Standing water can cause summer problems, such as muck and mosquitoes, but it can also cause serious foundation problems. That is, standing water that seeps into the foundation’s concrete will eventually freeze and possible expand enough to cause damage to your home. Remove any standing water through proper drainage and landscaping.
Winterize Yard Equipment
Certain yard tools and equipment must be properly winterized before storage. For example, inspect your equipment to make sure that they have tight fitting O-rings, which will keep dust and moisture out of the gas tank.
Adding fuel stabilizer in the gas tank will eliminate fuel degradation. Oil should be drained out of equipment because it can turn to sludge and clog up the engine. Be sure to properly recycle any excess oil or gas.
In the end, your home’s exterior needs just as much care as your home’s interior. Be sure to take care of your lawn, garden and outside water system. In addition to this, remove any standing water and winterize your yard equipment before storing it.
Winter is almost upon us in the Soquel, CA area. To get the best advice on winterizing your home, call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air at (831) 219-8644 today!