Winter Home Maintenance Tasks

  • Inspect interior caulking and touch-up or replace where needed. Pay close attention where the tub and floor meet and where the tub and tile meet.
  • Check the attic for leaks, check the insulation, look for blocked vents, and look to see if any daylight is coming in through the roof or around chimneys (may indicate a leak or hole).
  • Check the crawlspace for moisture intrusion; ensure that vents are closed.
  • Test all the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI’s) by pushing the test button either on the outlet or the breaker.
  • Remove ice and snow from porches and concrete stairs as soon as possible. Don’t use salts or other chemicals that will damage the concrete to melt or disperse ice.
  • In freezing or snow conditions check for ice dams on the overhangs of the roof. Document their location for future reference come spring or as weather permits. Repairs in these areas may be necessary.
  • Opening the windows on warmer days is refreshing and will allow your home to air out.
  • Avoid overloading circuits with heaters, light decorations or appliances during the winter.
  • Do not pile snow against the side of your home.
  • Make hot chocolate and watch the snow fall.