Cooler weather has arrived, signaling winter’s approach. Although Boulder is known for its pleasant high desert climate, our city receives an average of 89 inches of snowfall each year. If you’d like to protect your investment, be sure to winterize your home ahead of the harsh weather. Interested in taking action ASAP? Here’s what you need to know about safeguarding your property from the elements this winter:
Insulate the pipes
Freezing weather is notorious for causing pipes to burst, which can lead to significant water damage. To prevent this disaster from occurring, be proactive and insulate pipes located near windows and doors, as these are the areas most vulnerable to freezing. In addition to insulating pipes, be sure to disconnect the hose from the outdoor faucet. If you use a sprinkler system for yard maintenance, winterize this mechanism with the help of a professional.
Set a schedule for checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
With the fireplace and furnace running full blast to fend off the chill of winter, your home may be more at risk for house fires. During this time of year, it’s especially important to stay on top of checking the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Aim to check the batteries on these systems at least once per month so you can ensure that your loved ones stay safe.
Prioritize yard care
Autumn is on its way out, but there’s still yard work to be done. During periods of heavy snowfall, the trees near your home may give way to the weight. Falling branches are a safety hazard, so it’s best to remove weak branches before they have a chance to snap. Snow or ice accumulation on walkways can also spell trouble, so be sure to maintain the sidewalks shortly after the inclement weather clears.
Keep an eye on the roof and gutters
Roof problems can cause devastating damage to a home. The roof is highly susceptible to leakage during the winter months when excessive snowfall or formation of ice dams often occur. To protect your property from falling victim to weather damage, be vigilant about roof and gutter maintenance. Before the start of the new season, consider reaching out to a professional to clear the gutters. Destructive ice dams are less likely to form when the gutters are clean. Once the gutters are free from debris and water or snow buildup, continue to remove snow from the roof after each episode of significant snowfall. When it comes to the condition of the roof, it’s much easier to invest in preventative maintenance than cope with the aftermath of damages.
Our city is beautiful all year round, but winter is an especially magical time of year here in Boulder. While the holiday season is much-anticipated, homeowners should take care to protect their investment and avoid the stress of unexpected repairs. When you implement these tips, you’ll be well on your way to preserving the condition of your home so you can fully enjoy the season.
By Jennifer Egbert. Jennifer is a Realtor at PorchLight Real Estate Group and specializes in Luxury neighborhoods, home builders and current market conditions. Visit jenniferegbert.com, e-mail [email protected] or call 303.619.3373.