Tips and Advice

5 Home Maintenance Tips for the New Year

As the winter season sets in, and since we’re all still stuck inside, now is a great time to do a check in on winter home maintenance to ensure it is performing well throughout the season.

1. Ensure your heating system is running well

Check to make sure your furnace filters are clean and change if necessary. Every two years (or as recommended by the manufacturer), you should have the furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company.

2. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries annually.

3. Basic outdoor maintenance

Clearing rain gutters and downspouts of debris is an important task to add to your schedule, depending on how frequently they get clogged. Depending on weather and the number of trees nearby, set up a reminder on your calendar every week, two weeks or each month. Also, inspect tree limbs through proper services to ensure your home will be protected through our Pacific Northwest stormy season.

4. Create or update your basic disaster kit

When hit with a power outage or a snowstorm that traps you inside it’s a good idea to make sure you are prepared. Take a look at this kit recommendation and ensure that you and your family have the supplies you need just in case.

5. Drain and store outdoor hoses

Be sure your hoses are disconnected and hose-bibbs are frost-free. Frozen pipes or hoses left on during freezing temperatures can cause flooding if left unattended.