The winter months can be harsh. Brutal, even. If you're like most people who live in colder climates, your winter prep probably includes pulling coats and boots out of storage or swapping out light blankets for down comforters in order to stay warm through the winter months.
Your winter prep should also include taking care of your home. Neglecting your house can lead to winter-related issues like frozen pipes or sky-high heating costs from drafts.
Knowing how to winterize a house can help make sure your home is functioning in tiptop shape all winter long. Here are a few ideas:
Clean gutters and keep them free from debris
Cleaning out your gutters is another important part of prepping your home for the upcoming winter months. When gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris that has gathered throughout the year, water won't properly be directed away from your house. This clogging can lead to damage to your home and even potential flooding.
Clean out leaves and other debris to help prepare for the winter months, and check for leaks and any other structural issues. You should also point spouts direct water flow at least 10 feet from your home to prevent freezing water, which could lead to foundation problems down the road.