December 21st is the official first day of winter. Translation: The clock is ticking and you’ve only got a few weeks to get your home ready to winter. Folks who live in the “sunny” states like California and Florida don’t have to worry much about winterizing. But here in Denver, winter is very real. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your home is ready for winter.
Don’t Rake the Leaves
This sounds very radical: Not raking leaves? Actually, a better approach would be to mulch over the leaves with a special mulch attachment to your lawnmower. There are also unique devices to handle this task. Once you have turned your leaves into mulch, leave them right where they are. This will provide a nutrient rich layer of organic matter for the lawn. In the spring, do the same thing with the grass you cut. Turn it into mulch. Radical.
Hire a Chimney Sweep
How many fires do you burn in your fireplace each winter? If you light up at least three times a week, then you should get your chimney cleaned at least once a year at either the end or beginning of the season. This is a job that is best left to professionals.
Get Your Trees Trimmed
Ice storms are very common in Denver. So are ice storms that bring down power lines. Could your trees by the next to turn off the power? You should get them all check by an arborist. If a tree is damaged or rotting, then it needs to come down. A healthy tree that is kept pruned will stay that way and keep your home safe.
Have Your Furnace Inspected
Like any other appliance in your home, your furnace is susceptible to breakdowns especially since it is in constant use. It might be a good idea to set up a service contract with a HVAC company. They can inspect and repair your furnace on a regular basis. Just try finding an available company in the middle of January when it’s freezing and everyone’s furnace is on the fritz.
Toss Out Your Junk
Getting your home ready for the winter goes hand in hand with getting it ready for the holidays. That means a lot of cleaning. This is where a call to Junk King Denver can make a huge difference. Like the other professionals you might hire, Junk King crews are licensed and insured. That makes them totally professional. One session with these pros will have all the rubbish from your garage, basement and closets gone in a manner of minutes. Getting your home ready for winter means getting rid of rubbish. That’s a job for Junk King Denver.