It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of September. Autumn is already in full swing, and cooler weather is on the way. Now is a good time to start thinking about the things you need to do to prepare your home for the harsher winter months.  

Winter in Pennsylvania brings rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures.   If your home and yard is not properly prepared it could spell disaster.  Here is a short list of some things to consider when preparing your property for winter.

Do you have a fence around your property? Make sure that there are no sagging gates or loose posts or section of fence. Winter winds and heavy snow can wreak havoc on a weak fence, even bringing section of it to the ground. Avoid having to incur the cost of repairs by doing maintenance before winter storms hit. 

An often overlooked area to that needs to be prepared for winter is clearing areas of slippery surfaces.  Moss and mold can build up on decks and walkways. Rain, snow and ice can make for a very slippery surface that can be hazardous. Clean and treat these areas now with a mold or moss killer, and if needed, scrub it to help minimize the slippery areas.
Make sure your gutters are cleaned out and ready for heavy rain and melting snow.  A clogged gutter can lead to overflows which can result in flooding that could damage your home.  Always be safe when cleaning your gutters – especially if you have waited until the fall to do so when roofs can be wet and slippery.

Check your exterior drains for proper drainage and make sure they are sending water where they are supposed to.  If a drain is not functioning it could result in erosion and even trigger a small landslide in bad weather.  Make sure all drains are clear of debris and are dispelling water properly.

Do you have a fireplace or wood stove that you like to use during the winter?  Right now is the time to make sure it’s clean and working correctly.  If it isn’t, you still have time to get a professional out to clean it prior to the winter rush.

There are a lot of things around the house you can easily overlook when heading into the harshness of the winter months, but hopefully some of these ideas will help you prepare your home for the colder months.

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