Winterizing Tips for Outdoors
Fall is the perfect time of the year to have your house winterized for the winter season. When the temperature starts to drop, your house will definitely require good maintenance to survive the harsh weather to come during winter.
Preparing yourself and your property for winter is a must for you to prevent damage and save money on repairs. When the winter time arrives, homeowners normally put away their garden implements and equipment like lawn mowers since there will be no need to mow the lawn or tend the garden. Your lawn mower will sit in your storage for the entire season. As this is so, winterizing your mower is important for it to function properly when you bring it out in the spring.
Take note of the following winterizing tips that you should keep in mind this season:
- Winterize Your Lawn Mower–
- Fuel Stabilization – Adding a fuel stabilizer will help the lawn mower’s engine run cleaner. Never forget to operate the mower for at least 5 minutes so the fuel with stabilizer will reach the carburetor.
- Change Oil – Changing the oil of the mower will extend its life.
- Charge the Battery – Charge the battery during winter. Do this if your mower has a battery powered starter to avoid starting failures after long storage.
- Clean the Mower – Check the mower for grass and soil. The soil and grass on the mower can cause rusting during the winter season.
- Clean Your Gutters– Clean the gutters of your house before winter sets in. Leaves and other debris must be removed from your gutters. Don’t forget to wear gloves if you prefer to remove those dried leaves and debris with your hands. You may also use a scraper to clean the gutters and then rinse it using a hose. Doing these will prevent your gutters and downspouts from clogging and rusting.
- Drain Your Outdoor Taps and Water Features–It is also important to have an anti-frost faucet if you live in a “winter hemisphere.” Drain the water from the underground sprinkler system and the garden hose so there will be no water that can freeze during the winter. The water system must also be checked before winter comes in. The hot water tank must always be in good shape to give you ample supply of hot water.
- Check Your Doors and Windows– It is also recommended to check your doors and windows and make sure they close tight. A door and window with gaps or cracks can cause warm air to escape and cold air to get in the house. This can affect the efficiency of your indoor heating system and drastically increase your electricity bill.
How to Check the Doors and Windows for Leaks:
- Check the exterior for cracks then seal them.
- If you have some cracked glasses in your windows, replace them.
- If the window does not close tightly, find out what the cause is. If you need to replace the whole window, make sure to paint the exposed wood to prevent it from absorbing too much moisture.
- Survey Your Backyard–Check out the landscape of your whole backyard to prevent accidents during the winter. Inspect surrounding trees and their branches. If the branches hang too close to electrical wires or your house, trim them if you must. Accumulated snow on weak branches could be too heavy causing them to fall. This could result in a bad accident should someone be walking under the tree when it happens. Small plants and other sensitive plants in pots should also be moved into a sheltered area outside or inside your house for protection. You can also ask a gardener for help if your trees or the trees around you property need to be pruned.