In Seattle, winter weather usually arrives a bit earlier than December 21st. Here are 3 of my top tips to make sure your home is ready for frigid temperatures:
1. Cover outdoor faucets and any exposed pipes-
It rarely gets below freezing in Seattle, but in case it does, make sure all outdoor faucets and exposed pipes are covered to prevent the pipes from freezing.
2. Look around the perimeter of your house to ensure standing water can’t penetrate your home’s exterior-
A common problem in Seattle is a bit of a drip/wetness in basements. As anyone around the world will tell you, it rains frequently in Seattle, especially in the winter months. I recommend home owners walk around the exterior of their home to ensure water is draining away from the home. It is a good idea to have your gutters and down spouts cleared yearly. This will prevent water from causing problems in your basement.
3. Change the filter on your furnace-
One of the most forgotten maintenance items in a home is the furnace. People tend to only think about the furnace if it isn’t working properly. To ensure your furnace is running at full speed all winter long, I recommend changing your filters at least once a year. It is also a good idea to have a yearly servicing of your furnace by a local professional.
These are just a few suggestions to prepare your home for winter weather. Feel free to contact me anytime if you are interested in more home preservation tips. Stay warm Seattle!