Last week we offered the first part of this list of maintenance recommendations for your house now that Winter is almost upon us. Below are our remaining tips which complete last week’s general list that you should consider doing to make your home safer and ready for the new upcoming season:
General Winter Maintenance Quick Tips / Home Maintenance Winter Checklist:
- Check the basement floor drain to ensure that the trap contains water—refill with water if necessary.
- Check all faucets for signs of dripping and change washers as needed.
- Faucets requiring frequent replacement of washers may be in need of repair.
- If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub, or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap.
- Clean drains in dishwasher, sinks, bathtubs, and shower stalls.
- Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent them from seizing.
- Examine windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks—if found, make a note to repair or replace in the Spring.
- Examine your attic for frost accumulation.
- Check your roof for ice dams or icicles.
- Check electrical cords, plugs, and outlets for all indoor and outdoor seasonal lights to ensure fire safety—if worn, or if plugs or cords feel warm to the touch, replace immediately.