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Winter Seasonal Maintenance Checklist
It feels as if fall only just got here, but before you know it winter will be reaching out to envelope us with its frosty embrace. For many, winter means freezing temperatures, long dark nights, and snow and ice so you’ll want to be prepared for when the first snowflake falls. By following a simple checklist of winter seasonal maintenance you can avoid everything from burst pipes to astronomical heating bills while staying safe and toasty warm.
Winterize Exterior Faucets and Sprinkler Systems
When the temperature drops below freezing, pipes are at risk of freezing. Drain outdoor faucets and wrap in insulating covers like foam or towels held tight with a bungee cord. While you’re at it, drain water from any built-in irrigation or sprinkler systems and garden hoses to prevent freezing and cracking.
Clean Out Gutters
Without a doubt, the fall has left your gutters overflowing with dead leaves, pine needles, and debris. Winter weather is notorious for rain and snow, so keep those gutters from overflowing by cleaning them out with a gloved hand or shovel. Don’t feel comfortable going on the roof? Hire a professional to make quick work out of it and keep your feet safely on the ground. Also make sure the downspout runs off into an absorbent area to avoid flooding
Add Insulation to the Attic and Basement
With fluctuating winter temperatures, there is the potential for water to freeze and unfreeze and seep into your home through the roof or basement. Avoid icy messes and keep the cold winter air out by adding extra insulation to your attic ceiling and basement walls. You can utilize traditional insulation or go for the more modern spray-foam that acts as an instant barrier against those negative temps.
Service Your Furnace and Duct System
You don’t want to be caught in 15-degree weather without a working furnace. Before the cold temperatures really set in, have your furnace and duct system serviced to ensure that it is all in tip-top shape. Worried about spending too much on heating over the winter months? Install a programmable thermostat so you can control temperatures (i.e. only turning on when you are home, turning off before bed, etc.)
Inspect Fireplaces and Wood stoves
Fireplaces and wood stoves are great ways to heat houses on the cheap and are also cozy to sit by when the weather turns foul. Ensure that you are prepped by stocking up on firewood and checking the dampers and flues to make sure you don’t end up with a room full of smoke and soot. If your chimney looks questionable or hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, hire a professional chimney sweep to get it in wood-burning shape again.
Check Seals on Doors and Windows
You don’t want any of that precious heat escaping right out of a poorly insulated window! To avoid this problem, check window and door seals and repair with caulk or draft guards if necessary. Retain even more heat by layering curtains to keep out chilly breezes, or install storm windows and doors if you live in a particularly frigid area.
It may seem like a lot of work to get your home prepared for winter, but in the long run you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also avoid any expensive accidents like burst pipes. Take the time to follow preventative steps and you’ll be reaping the benefits by the time the first snow dusts your door you will be ready.
Insulation and Weather-Stripping
Windows and doors keep outside air out inside air in helping keep your house cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter
Want your home to look its best? You should consider our professional pressure washing services. By power washing your deck, siding, driveway, and other exterior areas around your home, you can quickly and effectively remove built-up dirt, sediment, and other debris. This not only helps the areas look beautiful, but it can also reduce wear and tear by getting rid of mold, algae, chalk, insects, weeds, and more. Such build-up will, over time, break down and cause damage to wood / masonry and degrade paint / stains.
Concrete cleaning is as much protection and maintenance as aesthetic. Pressure washing concrete removes built up dirt and salt deposits from weathering and general use over time. Once cleaned, your concrete will hold its look for months, turning heads around the neighborhood. Our flat surface pressure washing professionals specialize in driveway cleaning, pressure washing concrete in patios, pool-sides, sidewalks, and stamped concrete.
High pressure cleaning for exterior flat surfacesRe-sand and seal paver stonesClean and seal flat surface concrete drivewaysGraffiti clean up
General Updates Repairs and Renovations
Home improvement, home renovation, or remodelling is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home. Home improvement can be projects that upgrade an existing home interior (such as electrical and plumbing), exterior (masonry, concrete, siding, roofing), or other improvements to the property (i.e. garden work or garage maintenance/additions).
Upgrading heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).Upgrading rooms with luxuries, such as adding gourmet features to a kitchen or a hot tub spa to a bathroom.Increasing the capacity of plumbing and electrical systems.Waterproofing basements.Soundproofing rooms, especially bedrooms and baths.Maintenance and repairEdit
Maintenance projects can include:
Roof tear-off and replacement.Concrete and masonry repairs to the foundation and chimney.Repainting rooms, walls or fencesRepairing plumbing and electrical systems.Additional spaceEdit
Additional living space may be added by:
Turning marginal areas into livable spaces such as turning basements into recrooms, home theaters, or home offices – or atticsinto spare bedrooms.Extending one's house with rooms added to the side of one's home or, sometimes, extra levels to the original roof. Such a new unit of construction is called an "add-on".Saving energyEdit
Homeowners may reduce utility costs with:
Energy-efficient thermal insulation, replacement windows, and lighting.Renewable energy with biomass pellet stoves, wood-burning stoves, solar panels, wind turbines, programmable thermostats, and geothermal exchange heat pumps (see autonomous building).Safety and preparednessEdit
Emergency preparedness safety measures such as:
Home fire and burglar alarm systems.Fire sprinkler systems to protect homes from fires.Security doors, windows, and shutters.Storm cellars as protection from tornadoes and hurricanes.Bomb shelters especially during the 1950s as protection from nuclear war.Backup generators for providing power during power outages.
Adjust/Repair Patio Doors
Recognizing when your slide door needs adjustment and being able to make those changes correctly is important to the longevity of the sliding screen door as well as its proper movement. This is a cheap and usually easy fix instead of replacing the door you can just adjust it for you
Animal Critter Damage Repair
The reason that animal-proofing is necessary is because very few homes -- even brand-new ones -- are animal-proof until a wildlife control professional makes them that way. That's because carpenters, roofers, and other professionals who build houses almost never have a sufficient appreciation for the ability of animals to get into a building if they really want to.
Most homes have what we call "constru itction gaps," by which we basically mean any gap that's big enough for an animal to squeeze through. Because some animals (like mice) can squeeze through cracks as narrow as the thickness of a pencil, and others (like rats and flying squirrels) can squeeze through a hole roughly the size of a quarter, it really doesn't take much of a gap for critters to get into your home.
Once they get inside you home or commercial building, animals or birds can cause all sorts of problems, including:
Health hazards, odors, and allergenic dusts due to droppings, urine, shed parasites, and shed skin, dander, fur, hair, or feathers.Physical damage to the building or stored items due to gnawing, scratching, and nesting.Contamination or damage of stored property due to urine stains and droppings.Damage and overheating due to clogging of cooling fans and other parts of mechanical equipment such as air-conditioning compressors, HVAC equipment, and generators.Damage to vehicles stored in garages.Proactive Animal Exclusion
Animals, in this case flying squirrels, can cause you to lose your home by creating a fire risk.
We have lots of customers who have had animal problems in the past, and when they move to a new home, one of the first things they do is call us to inspect the house and animal-proof it, if necessary. That's because having gone through the problem of having animals in their previous homes, when they move, they want to be proactive and seal the animals out of of the new home right from the get-go.
As mentioned above, once animals get into your home or building, they do damage. They do damage to your home, as well as to anything stored in the areas where the animals decided to stay. They can also damage HVAC equipment, insulation, electrical wiring, and sometimes even plumbing. These problems can be very costly, so obviously it's better to seal the animals out than to wait until they've already moved in.
When you sign up for animal-proofing from Rid-A-Critter, we begin with an exhaustive inspection by a skilled animal control professional, who will look at every inch of your home, from top to bottom, for even the tiniest of gaps. Once we've identified all the potential animal entry points, we animal-proof your home or building, using whatever methods are needed given your situation.
Animal Damage Repair
Animal damage repair to a roof done with professional care and workmanship.
Animal damage repair is exactly what it sounds like: Repairing the damage that animals caused in and to your home. It also includes animal-proofing as part of the job because it would be kind of dumb to fix the damage caused by animals without also sealing your home to prevent more damage in the future.
Animals can cause all sorts of damage from the moment they set their minds to getting into your home. For example, a rat or a squirrel may come across a small home, take a look at it, and decide it's not quite big enough to get in. No worries for the rodent, though: They just use their powerful jaws and teeth to gnaw away at the hole until it's big enough for them to use nice and comfortably.
In fact, almost any animal that gets into homes will cause some sort of damage to the structure and any items you have stored inside of it. Some damage will be physical damage to the building, for example, the rodent gnawing we mentioned before. Other damage can be related to the animals' urine and droppings, which contaminate stored items, and which contain pathogens that can become airborne and spread through the home.
Appliance Installation / Removal
We're here for you every step of the way. Our appliance experts can deliver, install, protect and repair your major appliances, plus haul away and recycle your old ones.
Ceiling Fan Installation
An easy-to-install ceiling fan can make a real difference in your home's climate. A simple ceiling fan is can be more beneficial than other heating and cooling options, as its operating cost is much lower.
In almost all homes, the fan isinstalled in the center of the room, replacing a central light fixture in the ceiling. This spot provides a smooth air flow throughout most of the room, and since a fan draws about the same amount of power as a ceiling light fixture, the electrical circuit shouldn't be overloaded.
Custom baby and child safety gates for top and bottom of stairs, hallways and play areas.Durable easy to use child proof cabinet and drawer locks and latches not found in stores .Safety straps for your TV’s, furniture, dressers, changing tables and bookshelves.Self close electrical outlet, outlet plugs, power strip covers, CO and smoke detectors.Specialized door locks, window locks and window guards.Bathroom safety items including toilet locks, spout cushions and shower locks.Customized Plexiglas for stair banisters, balconies and decksGrab Bars for bathrooms, showers, bathtubs, hallwaysChildproofing Tailored to YOUR Needs!
Dryer Vent Installation / Cleaning
This is an item everybody forget to do. We inspect and maintenance your dryer vent to prevent fires and house damage.
Fix / Replace Door Handles and Deadbolts
Furniture Assembly / Installation / Moving
Hang Window Treatments
Install Handrails on Stairs / Handicap
Install / Check / Replace / Smoke a itnd CO2
Moving and Cleanup Labor
Pet Door Installation
Re-Hang / Lubricate Interior / Exterior
Repair / Prime / Paint Walls
Repair / Re-Hang Entryway Doors
Weather Strip Replacement
Wood Rot Repair
Adjust / Repair Patio Doors
Caulking Around Sink and Backsplash
Disposal Repair / Replacement
Electrical Switch or Outlet Changed
Grout Repair / Replacement, Floors / Walls
Install / Check / Replace Smoke and CO2 Alarms
Kitchen Faucet Repair / Replacement
Light Fixture Repair / Replacement
Molding / Trim
Repair / Prime / Paint Walls
Repair / Re-Hang Cabinet Doors
Window Repair / Glass Replacement / Treatment