Top 7 Ways to Prepare Your Property for Winter


Put away your lawn chairs, flip flops, and bug spray. Summer is ending, and that means colder temperatures are right around the corner. Winter can be a great time of the year: all-night conversations around a roaring fire, big family meals that never end, and more downtime inside spent with loved ones. But the chilly season can also wreak havoc on your property if you’re not prepared.

Most people wait until there’s an issue to address it, but the time to plan for colder weather is now. There are a few key things you can do to prepare your home and property for winter to prevent issues later, so your time can be better spent doing the things you like with the people you love.

#1Have your generators serviced and ready to go
Putting your beer and ice cream outside in freezing temperatures can be a great short-term fix when you lose power, but being stranded without electricity for too long can be disastrous and dangerous. If you don’t already have a back-up generator, you’ll want to buy one soon. (They tend to sell out as winter weather get closer.) Make sure you have fuel on hand and easy to access.

If you have a generator, make sure it’s serviced and ready to use at a moment’s notice. Nothing is worse than a failing generator when you need it most. Don’t think your generator doesn’t require maintenance because you rarely use it. All generators require basic maintenance on a regular basis. They should be cleaned and checked for leaks each year, and oil should be changed every 50-60 hours of use.

#2) Have boilers and furnace serviced
This is a key winter tip for homeowners and one that is often overlooked. The best time to have your heat source serviced is while the weather is still mild. Once winter hits and heating systems start failing, it’ll be harder to book service. You may be waiting for weeks (and freezing your face off while doing it). You want to head into winter knowing when you turn that heat on, it’ll work as expected. It’ll be easier to make an appointment in warmer weather, and you won’t be in a crisis situation.

#3) Have a snow removal plan
A mean snowstorm can leave people stranded for days. Whether you need a shovel or a tractor to get off your property after heavy snow, make sure you’re prepared when it hits. Stock up on salt to keep sidewalks passable and ice-free to avoid slips and falls. If you don’t have a tractor and need one to keep your driveway clear, check with neighbors now to see if someone would be willing to help you if you need it. And if you’re the one with the tractor or snow plow, check with neighbors to see if they’ll need help, particularly if they’re elderly or disabled.

#4) Inspect trees
Check trees around houses, barns, outbuildings, and cars for dead branches. Winter is the time of year when trees or their branches are most likely to fall and cause damage and injury. One cubic foot of snow weighs between 15 and 20 pounds, and a one-inch thick square foot of ice weighs about five pounds. Any weak or dead trees or branches will give way under this weight, and you don’t want anything you care about to be in the path. The safest option is to check with a professional to identify any problems trees before they’re piled with snow and ice.

#5) Check gutters
You may want to wait until the end of fall to check your gutters to make sure all leaves have fallen, but you’ll want to have those gutters cleaned before wet weather comes. Clogged gutters are the culprit for roof leaks as melting ice and snow has nowhere to go. Make sure to repair and replace any screens and that your drainage system is working properly, diverting water away from the house.

#6) Check insulation
Double-check that insulation is sufficient inside attics and in crawl spaces. Old or thin insulation can be responsible for significant loss of heat in the winter, resulting in monster-sized bills and problem spots inside your house. You can have someone blow insulation directly where you need it. Remember to check any pipes that may be exposed to low temperatures to prevent cracking, and rewrap if needed.

#7) Test the batteries in your outdoor motion sensor
If you have a Guardline Outdoor Motion Sensor, you’ll want to check your batteries before it’s too cold. (If you don’t have one yet, check out why we’re America’s top choice for outdoor motion sensor products.)

Make sure your batteries are fully functioning by testing them at room temperature. (Lithium batteries should last well over a year.) To preserve battery life, place your sensor in the shade in the summer to preserve over-expenditure and in direct sunlight in the winter to regulate warmth inside the battery.

We get a lot of calls when the temperatures start dropping with people thinking their sensors are broken. In most cases, the sensors are fine, and the battery is starting to fail. We understand how disheartening this is, and our American-based 24/7 support is always here to answer your questions and offer assistance.

If you have questions about any of our easy-to-use, reliable outdoor motion sensor products, or would like more information on how Guardline delivers peace of mind to our customers, contact us any time at hello at guardlinesecurity.com.
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