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Winter Check List

Winter Checklist

Submitted by chief on 19 October, 2010 – 14:18

Get Ready for Winter Checklist


  • Cleaned and inspected once a year
  • Clean or replace filters once a month over winter
  • Clean registers, vents and duct openings.
  • Remove any combustible materials from the area.
  • Check flue or chimney. Clean, or hire someone to clean them.


  • Check insulation in basement and attic. Increasing attic insulation will make your home more energy efficient in winter and cooler in the summer.
  • Cover any exposed pipes with insulation.
  • Insulate water heater.
  • Add weather stripping to doors and windows if needed.
  • Insulate electrical outlets. There are kits available for this.


Gutters & Downspouts

  • Inspect, clean out, and repair rain gutters and down spouts.
  • Install gutter guards to keep gutters free of leaves and debris.
  • Make sure gutter spouts drain away from the foundation.

Roof & Chimney

  • Check that ridge vents are unobstructed.
  • Check and repair or replace any missing, cracked, curled, broken or rotted shingles.
  • Check the roof anywhere it is penetrated by a chimney, vent, dormer, or skylight. A metal flashing should protect each joint and each edge should be sealed with roof cement to prevent leaks.
  • Install a screen-chimney cap to prevent birds or other critters from entering the chimney.

Windows & Doors

  • Check every window (attic and basement, too) for cracks or broken glass.
  • Check around windows and doors for drafts. Caulk or weather-strip as needed.
  • Exterior doors need new doorstops if you can see light under them.
  • Old drafty windows can be covered with heavy-duty, clear plastic.
  • Clean and install storm windows.
  • Install basement storm windows to reduce heat loss and prevent condensation.


  • Check around pipes, dryer vents, or other places where cold air can enter your home. Caulk liberally with gun or trowel.
  • Repair or replace loose and/or warped siding.

Decks, Patios, & Porches

  • Apply an extra coat of waterproof sealant to wooden decks and porches.
  • Inspect supports and foundations for separation or rot.
  • Store or cover outdoor furniture, grills, and planters.
  • Check lights and timers. Reset timers for earlier darkness.

Outdoor Plumbing

  • Turn off and drain sprinkling system.
  • Drain, coil and store garden hoses.
  • Turn off and drain faucets.
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