The cold weather is headed for Colorado sooner than we think.

 

This is a good time to go through a checklist just to make sure you are ready for
another Colorado winter.

 

  1. Have your furnace cleaned and serviced and change the filter.  Make sure nothing flammable is in the vicinity of the furnace.
  2. Sprinkler Systems. Blow out your sprinkler lines and shut down your sprinkler system for the winter. Also unhook the hoses from the faucets on the outside of your home.

  3. Clean Gutters & Downspouts. Moisture is on the way and clogged gutters and downspouts will cause freezing which could result in roof damage.  This can also cause large icecicles to form over doorways which could be very dangerous.

  4. Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning.  Cold winter days and nights means fires buring in the fireplaces.  This is a good time to call that chimney sweep to make sure the chimney is free of debris which might otherwise ignite.

  5. Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors.  With the house closed up for the winter, you want to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly.

  6. Tree & Bush Trimming.  The trees in Colorado are full of autumn leaves right now.  If the first snow is packed with lots of moisture, this could cause the branches to get too heavy and break.

  7. This is a good time to check the pressure in your tires and make sure the windshield washer fluid is filled up.  You should also always carry a coat, gloves and snow brush in your trunk.  If you have a vacant property, make sure to leave the thermostat set to 55 degrees to prevent frozen pipes.
  8. Weather Stripping.  The winter breeze can be very cold in Colorado.  Make sure the weather stripping around your doors and windows is in good shape and doing the job of blocking the drafts.

  9. Fire Extinguishers.  Make sure your fire extinguishers are fully charged.  We hear so many stories about folks with space heaters catching the home on fire.  An empty fire extinguishers does no one any good.

 

These are a few tips for being prepared for the Colorado winter weather.