Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Prepare Your Home for a New York Winter

Prepare Your Home for a New York Winter

There are a few easy steps every New York homeowner should take to prepare their home, roof, and yard equipment for the harsh, snowy winter months ahead.

Brrrr! There’s a chill in the air and the thermometer is dropping. Fall is in full swing, and winter is just around the corner. As New York residents know, it’s never too early to start preparing for the long, cold winter ahead. These tips will help any local resident prepare their home and lawn equipment for winter before the first flurries begin to fall.

Winterizing Your Lawn Mower

The first step to preparing for winter is to get your summer equipment put away for the season. This involves more than just parking your mower in the shed, however. Lawn equipment must be properly winterized to ensure it works for years to come, and an important step of winterization is draining old gas from the tank. Gas that is left inside a lawn mower tank for more than a couple of months may coagulate, turning into a semi-solid film that can damage the inside of the tank or engine. Condensation can also develop inside the tank, making it difficult to start the engine. It’s important to responsibly dispose of gasoline by putting it into an appropriate receptacle, ensuring that it doesn’t spill, seep into groundwater, or come in contact with heat sources. Performing this important maintenance step will help ensure your lawn mower is ready to go again next spring.

Winterizing Your Roof

The snowy New York winter can do a number on roofs that aren’t properly winterized, so it’s important to perform a few simple steps before the first snowfall hits to ensure your roof stays safe and secure under the weight of the snow. Every homeowner should check for signs of damage while the weather is still mild. Gutters, drains, and downspouts should be cleaned from debris that could potentially cause a clog; this will help ensure that ice and snow can properly drain as they melt, avoiding damage caused by the cycle of melting and re-freezing. Homeowners should also check the quality of their roof’s shingles to be sure they’re in good condition for the winter. Keep an eye out for shingle granules that look like coarse grains of sand, as this can indicate a major problem that needs to be addressed right away. Look for any other cracks, tears, or chips on the shingles, chimney, and other components of the roof, and contact a professional if you suspect there’s a problem.

Prepare Your Snow Blower

Now that the summer equipment has been properly put away and the roof has been inspected, it’s time to break out the snow blower! Before the first snowfall, check to make sure the blower is in good, working condition and that all nuts and bolts are tightened. Add new gas and oil to the engine, making sure there are no leaks, and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacing the spark plug, air filter, fuel filter, lubricant, and other components and accessories as needed. Check the tire pressure and, if you use chains, prepare them in advance so they’re easily accessible when it snows.

What are your best tips for winterizing your home for winter?

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