Snow and cold weather can really take it out on your home. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the outside of your home needs attention, too! If you live farther out this is important because the city may not sweep or clear out your area. Once snow hardens it’s quite tough to remove, so removing snow as soon as it falls is your best bet. Doing some preliminary things to help the exterior of your home will make for a cheery winter!
Try these things before and after snow as needed –
- To start clean out your gutters! Leaves and other debris can make an area for pooling water. They also can freeze and crack your gutters.
- Place doormats outside of doors or at the beginning of stairways. Use mats with industrial tops, such as rubber or thick straw.
- Turn off outside water sources. There are also covers made for them which can be helpful, too.
- Be sure to pour out water in bird baths or any pooling water. Water can freeze and break feeders or areas near where people are walking can freeze.
- If you’re worried about slipping on stairs or leaving your home, you may want use rock salt or sand on your walkway, especially for the elderly. This can save you from having to shovel your driveway as well.
- In the winter it can get dark as early as 4 p.m., so add outdoor lighting to help light the way and prevent falls. This can also help with seeing slippery spots as you approach your home.
- Once a snow falls, clear off your dyer vent as it can cause a fire if blocked while dryer is running.
- Check your siding for cracks as well as windows. Seal these up to help keep your home warm and energy efficient.
- If snow falls and covers your driveway or walkway, try shoveling the snow, only shovel fresh snow, and pay attention to how you feel. Do not shovel if you feel short of breath or dizzy, it’s also not wise for the elderly or sick to do this as it is a demanding cardio workout.
- Lastly, but not when it comes to importance, consult a professional about clearing the roof. You may only need to do this if the roof is damaged or if the snow falls for many days without melting.