As it happens every year, winter comes after fall. While many of us be look forward to the season for the holidays and the expectancy of winter sports, we also sometimes forget to prepare equipment for the coming season as well. Most call this winterization. Several different aspects of a person’s life actually need winterization. We need to get our winter clothes swapped out with our summer clothes, bathing suits for snow suits; pipes under or outside of the house need to be take care of to hold off any freezing; cars need to be serviced and even our lawn or farm equipment needs to be taken care of. Whether you’re simply preparing your house for the winter or getting your outdoors equipment prepared for the season long nap, preparations should be made on all fronts. Here are a few key areas and tips
1) Slowly acclimate your house. While the climate does not always help you with this type of preparation due to strong temperature changes at times, it’s still beneficial if you can begin to lower the temperature in the house or begin early on to drop the AC and allow your body to acclimate as the “true” temperature shifts.
2) Clear the way… Clear out the vents for your heaters, chimneys, and stoves. Be sure to dust off any of your radiators or portable heating devices as well to ensure that an unexpected heat source doesn’t suddenly erupt! Even Salt Lake City Cleaning Services can help you if you are unable to get to some of the areas to clean them up or clear them out.
1) Pipes! Make sure pipes are properly prepared. For sprinklers, they should all be blown out while faucets and other pipes should either be turned off, insulated, or buried below the freeze line in the ground.
2) Prepare for unwanted visitors, and no, we’re not talking about the in-laws. As temperatures drop rodents and pests begin to look for warmer areas in which to nest and reside. Be prepared ahead of time by sealing any cracks or holes through which they may enter the house. Keep firewood about 20 feet from the house so that any critters that decide to build a home there are away from the house. Also, be sure to try to keep areas clean as it’s a lot harder for pets to hide if there’s no place for them to do so.
3) Check your outdoor equipment. Whether it’s simply being sure that you have a working snow shovel and rake or preparing such equipment as a farm tractor, baler belts, or lawn mowers, each piece needs to be handled correctly. It’s always best to check with the manufacturer to determine what their recommended winterization methods are; however, the important piece is to check. Realize each piece of equipment or supply is different and may require very different methods in order to work optimally after the winter season. Be sure you have the supplies you’ll need and then be sure what you do have is prepared for the long hibernation.
Get ready for Jack Frost to come our way this winter, but not to worry. If you follow the tips above, you should be in great shape to have a warm house with the safety and freedom from danger and unwanted creatures that will help your winter be just what you want it to be…. Magic!