Is your Brainerd, MN home ready for another Minnesota winter of frosty temperatures and
beautiful snowy weather?
It is important to clean and prepare your home in the fall before winter arrives. This checklist
covers most of the necessary maintenance for your home and gets you ready for winter in
- Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts to protect exterior surfaces and keep water out of the basement
- Seal any gaps or cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk to reduce drafts and to keep the heat in
- Inspect roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents-putting this off can be detrimental and disastrous (it is much harder to find and fix the leak when it is under snow and ice)
- Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps-look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, loose railings on steps, disintegration of asphalt, or washed-out materials on loosefill paths. These may not seem dangerous now but when it gets cold and icy out they can be hazardous
- Drain and winterize all outdoor faucets and irrigation systems-much easier than dealing with a busted pipe later!
- Clean or replace dirty/old furnace filters-filters that are clogged can make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and can increase your utility bills during the winter months
- Have a professional inspect your furnce/heating system
- Check fireplaces for buildup, best to hire a professional chimney sweep as accumulations in a flue or chimney can result in a devastating chimney and/or house fire
- Inspect any gas-fired room heaters- an improperly maintained gas heater can spew poisons into the air of your home, which can be very dangerous
- Inspect wood stoves before firing up-cracks in wood-stove-stovepipes can release toxic fumes into your home, so check for corrosion, holes, or loose joints often
- Test smoke and CO 2 monitors and replace the batteries
- Inspect (or install) fire extinguishers-there should be at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home
- Review fire escape plans
- Rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards
Get it done now and when our Minnesota Winter comes you will have more time to get out and enjoy it.