Here is a check-list for preparing your luxury home for the cold, wet and potentially freezing weather ahead.
1. Windows and doors: make sure the seals are tight and there are weather strips on your doors which will help keep out drafts.
2. Roof: Check roof for missing or damaged shingles and have them replaced. Don’t forget to check the flashing around chimneys and other roof projections which are often the source of leaks.
3. Gutters: Make sure the gutters are clean and free of debris and that all downspouts are flowing freely.
4. Chimney: Have your chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep at least once per season.
5. Check your fireplace flu damper operation. Make sure it opens and closes fully, and that it is able to be locked in the open or closed position.
6. Check chimney draft: Test that your chimney will draw up the smoke properly. You can do this yourself! First, take several sheets of newspaper and roll them up. Then, with the fireplace damper in the open position, light the newspaper in the fireplace. The smoke should rise up the chimney. If it doesn’t, you have an obstruction and need to call a professional in to clean the chimney of creosote, ash and possible debris.
7. Inspect the fire brick in the fireplace. If you see any open mortar joints have them repaired immediately.
8. Sprinkler and outdoor water features: The sprinkler system should not be overlooked in preparing your home for winter. Drain any water fountains, unplug the pumps and prepare for winter. Winterizing should include turning off the water supply and blowing compressed air through the sprinkler lines to purge them of water and prevent them from freezing and bursting.
9. Swimming Pools: Check all the swimming pool systems to ensure that all are circulating properly. The systems should be allowed to circulate all winter, as moving water does not freeze!
10. Do you have exposed pipes or exterior faucets? Our luxury home are built to withstand the winter elements but make sure exposed pipes are covered or wrapped. Turn off all exterior hose bibs at the cut-offs located in the mechanical room, or in some cases in the nearest wet area, such as the kitchen sink or bath vanity.
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