8 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a PNW Winter

As the rain dumps down and the smell of Pumpkin Spice Lattes fill the air, it's undeniable that fall is officially here. While I love nothing more than the cozy comforts of warm drinks by the fire, it's also a great reminder that winter is on the horizon. As homeowners, it's time to make sure our homes are ready for the next 6 months of cold and rain. To help, I've put together a practical checklist of things you can do to ensure your investment remains a haven of comfort and security.

  1. Gutter Maintenance: Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. Debris in the gutters can cause water to accumulate against the roof, damaging the roof, siding, and wood trim. All downspouts should point away from your home’s foundation to prevent basement leaks and settling.
  2. Roof Inspection: Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles, and address any issues so they don't turn into leaks.
  3. Attic and Crawlspace Inspection: While you're checking out your roof, pop your head into your attic to make sure you don't have any current roof leaks, or unwanted critters taking up residence. Same goes for your crawlspace.
  4. Seal Drafts: Seal any gaps or drafts around windows and doors to prevent heat loss. Weatherstripping and caulking are an easy fix.
  5. Furnace Maintenance: It's good to have your heating system serviced by a professional annually, to ensure it's running efficiently and safely. Replace air filters regularly throughout the season, and if you have a pet that sheds, it might be a good idea to have your ducts cleaned.
  6. Exterior Plumbing: Drain and disconnect garden hoses, and insulate outdoor faucets to prevent freezing and pipe bursting.
  7. Tree and Branch Maintenance: Trim trees and branches that could potentially damage your home during winter storms, and to create a buffer zone to keep the critters from jumping onto your roof.
  8. Check Sump Pump: If you have a basement with a sump pump, ensure it's functioning correctly to prevent water damage from heavy rains.

Encountered an issue you're unsure how to tackle? Seeking a contractor or handy person recommendation? Don't hesitate to get in touch! I'm always happy to be a resource and help in any way that I can.

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