As the cold winter months are quickly approaching now is a great time to make sure your property is prepared. From properly preparing your chimney and fireplace, to clearing gutters and protecting landscapes here is a brief list of things homeowners, property managers, landscapers and home-builders should be aware of.
Plumbing & Pipes
Check the exterior of your home for any cracks, holes or damage to the outside walls of your home. This can pose a threat to the efficiency of your home, and even worse can cause a potential flooding/plumbing hazard if holes or cracks are found anywhere close to plumbing or pipes.
Fireplaces & Chimneys
Before you fire up the heat this winter be sure that you have done your due diligence and remove any flammables from anywhere near the fireplace. Inspect and clean the chimney, fireplace and surrounding areas. Be sure that all creosote, ash, and soot have been removed. We suggest you inspect and clean periodically during the winter months as well to prevent any potential issues or hazards throughout the season. Another important aspect is the damper – inspect this periodically to ensure it opens and closes properly.
Concrete & Interlocking Surfaces
In preparation for winter, it is important to take a couple basic steps before the snow and ice arrive to ensure your driveway, patio, or walkways are prepared for the season. If trees or shrubs appear to have roots that may threaten the paved areas relocating the trees and shrubs is always a good proactive idea. Roots can easily damage and crack paved surfaces. Edging the sides of the drive way can help with water run off when snow builds up over the winter. On top of some of these preparation tips there is a lot you can do throughout the duration of the winter to ensure your paved areas are protected. Keep the surfaces clean and clear of snow, salts, oils or other materials that can damage the surface.
Gardens & Landscapes
Below are some basic tips to help ensure your landscapes and garden are prepared for the winter ahead:
- Tidy up your garden before it’s too late – the fall months allow you to clean up and re-organizes your gardens – a great opportunity to move poorly placed plants.
- Add organic matter to your soil. Once the leaves become a crumbly texture they are perfect to spread over lawn and gardens.
- Clear any compost bins – clear and spread any older compost before the snow comes. The response from your lawn and garden in the spring will be well worth it.
- Consider planting more evergreens and don’t forget to lift and preserve any species threatened by the freezing and frost.
Lastly, don’t forget to clean and store all of your garden equipment in a proper manner to ensure that your good quality tools are ready for the spring, and that they don't incur any damage throughout the season. Enjoy the winter, and be prepared!
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