Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

Winter Prep: Four Things You Forgot You Have To Do Before It Gets Cold

Winter Prep: Four Things You Forgot You Have To Do Before It Gets Cold

Prepping the house and lawn for winter entails a wide variety of preparations, some of which you might not remember. You may think to reverse the blade direction on ceiling fans, have the furnace checked out, ignite your pilot light, and ensure sensitive plants are taken care of before temperatures drop to freezing or below. But then you might forget about some or all of the four things below.

Winter Prep: Four Things You Forgot You Have To Do Before It Gets Cold

Don’t get caught unprepared for winter. Here are four things that can help.

Insulate The Garage Door

Whether your garage is attached or freestanding, insulating the garage door can prevent a dead battery when you attempt to start the car. Insulation kits are available at DIY stores or online. Stored items will suffer less damage, food freezers operate more efficiently when temperatures do not fluctuate into the extreme. Water heaters do not have to compensate for the colder temperatures and pipes inside the garage are far less likely to freeze.

Downspouts And Gutters

Putting off cleaning the gutters and downspouts all summer has allowed leaves and other debris to pile up. Water from melting snow can freeze, creating a dangerous situation. Thoroughly clean the gutters and drain spout, using a plumber’s snake if necessary. In areas with snow and ice, install gutter-heating cables to prevent dangerous buildups. Ensure anti-ice dam devices are installed to prevent heavy chunks of ice from hitting anyone passing by.

The Air Conditioner Needs Winter Care Too

Often neglected during the winter months, the air conditioner needs regular maintenance. An expert in air conditioning in Fort Myers said that for homes with outside condensing units, turn the unit off and clear out any debris. Check for worn belts, wires or hoses; if any are present, have them replaced immediately. Straighten any bent fins with a fin comb. Cover the unit with a breathable, waterproof fabric made for condensing units. Window units should be brought inside, cleaned, serviced and stored. If they cannot be removed, they should be cleaned, serviced and covered.

Have The Roof Inspected

Taking care of the roof before winter hits can prevent damage or disaster. Have cracked or missing shingles, defective flashing or other issues taken care of before the weather turns. Moisture can infiltrate the smallest of cracks, allowing mold, fungus or rot to spread. Ensure the attic has proper insulation and ventilation to allow moist air to escape.

By taking care of these four often-neglected items, your home will be safe, warm and cozy this winter. You may also enjoy lower utility bills and fewer if any emergency repairs. Enjoy winter activities without the stress or frustration of worrying about your house. Your to-do list this spring may be shorter as a result, also.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: (#4) Application request limit reached
Type: OAuthException
Code: 4
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.

IFCS On Twitter

We're excited to be part of the inaugural Denver Day of Service on June 7th hosted by the @Broncos and @UnitedWayDenver!

#BeAChampion and sign up to volunteer at the community service project we are hosting! 👉

Please be advised this week April 22-26 IFCS is unable to accept clothing donations as we are preparing for our Mother’s Day program. Clothing donations will be accepted again Monday, April 29 at 8:00am. As always, thank you for your support! #donations #supportIFCS

Looking for a job? We are joining forces with Arapahoe Libraries to offer career services workshops. Our first event is May 7th 4pm-6pm at IFCS' Englewood location. Join us and make your cover letter and resume stand out from the rest!

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations




Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)