Fall is officially here, which in Wisconsin means cooler temperatures are around the corner. Even if you’re not ready for the frigid days ahead, make sure your home is! Need help getting your home ready?
Here’s a simple guide to getting your luxury custom lake home ready for the Lake Country’s winters:
Gutters, Gutters, Gutters!
Clogged gutters can create a multitude of problems, including exterior damage and even water in your basement. Have your gutters cleaned to clear debris and protected with mesh to stop it from returning. Your gutters protect your home from thousands of gallons of water annually, so keep them clear and clean.
Zip Up Your Luxury Custom Lake Home
Make sure the “zippers” are well functioning – in other words, check your weather-stripping and caulk around your doors and windows! Any area that leaks and allows cold air in is like leaving your jacket unzipped.
Don’t Blow a Gasket (or a pipe)
Turn off all the outside faucets and valves that serve the outdoors and be sure they are drained and closed off. This includes your underground sprinkler system.
Let your Furnace Breathe Easy
Replace the filter in your furnace. Clogged filters make it more difficult for your home to heat. Disposable filters can be vacuumed once a month to keep them breathing free and clear, too.
Luxury Custom Lake Homes Need Clean, Happy Fireplaces
Even occasional use of your fireplace requires annual attention to your chimney. Have a chimney sweep perform a full fireplace and chimney inspection to be sure your fires are not only cozy and warm this winter, but safe as well. This is also a good time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
A Humid Home is a Happy Home
Keep the humidifier running in the winter. It is not only good for your personal health, but it also keeps your home healthy. The woodwork in your home can become cracked and dry over the winter; keeping the humidifier running can keep it from becoming damaged.
Did you know the Lake Country’s premier custom home builder Colby Construction also offers Colby Care? Colby Care will not only get your property ready for the winter, but we will also maintain it while you escape the frozen tundra. Colby Construction and Colby Care wants to help you keep your luxury custom lake home running in tip-top shape. For more information on how we can help you with maintenance, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-646-4701.
Not feeling ready for winter yet? Celebrate Autumn! Check out our Fall Decorating ideas here.