Prepare Your Colorado Home for Fall and Winter

admin September 16, 2010 0

As Colorado greets autumn in September with the cooler weather and changing leaves, it’s time to prepare your Denver home for winter. This is essential to keep your home warm and avoid the need to deal with any disasters during the cold Colorado weather.

Clean the Gutters
Leaves and other debris that collect in your gutters will hinder snowmelt and drainage. Be sure to check these occasionally over the next few months as leaves begin to fall in Colorado.

Check the Roof
Replace any missing or damaged shingles. This will prevent any water from seeping into your ceilings as well as keep your Colorado homes warm.

Check the Foundation
Flush your underground sprinkler systems, drain garden hoses and air conditioning pipes, insulate exposed pipes and pump your septic tanks. The last thing you need during the winter is to call a Denver specialist to fix your cracked foundation.

Prepare the Fireplace
Have your chimney swept and firewood stockpiled. If you have a Denver gas fireplace then make sure there are no leaks in the pipes.

Furnace Upkeep
Change the furnace filters and make sure your heating system works properly before cold Colorado weather strikes and you’re left with a broken heater.

Put in storm windows if you have any. Put weather strips on the windows and fill in any cracks to prevent cold air from blowing in.

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Using a fireplace and warming up your car in the garage should always be done with caution and fumes or flames may end up where they don’t belong.

Garden Maintenance
Fertilize your Denver lawn to prepare for next spring. Plant spring flower bulbs that can’t winter over such as Dahlias in areas where the ground freezes. Move potted plants indoors or under shelters. Trim tree branches and bushes, especially if any are hanging near the house or over electrical wires

Prepare an Emergency Kit
Colorado weather in winter usually brings a few blizzards. No matter where you live, it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit ready in case of power outages. Fill your kit with candles, matches, bottled water and non-perishables (including pet food if you have pets), blankets, first aid kit, the phone number to the utility company and an evacuation plan if necessary.

Last But Not Least
Dust shelves and windowsills. Leaving windows open during the summer brought in a lot of dust from the outdoors. Once that’s all done, be sure to brighten up your Colorado home with fall colors and flowers like the hardy chrysanthemum.

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