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  • Writer's pictureBrett Peterson

Top things to do to winterize your waterfront home

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

After a long summer its time to get ready for the changing seasons. Winter can bring on a number of issues for your home and many of them can be avoided by going over this checklist. This list is directed towards those who live in their waterfront home year round and is not for those who will be leaving the home vacant for the season. Any activity that could be deemed dangerous should be done by a licensed professional.

Insulate your exterior faucets. Most pipe bursts can be easily avoided by purchasing an insulated faucet cover that is easily installed over your faucet and can be picked up at your local hardware store. If there are any exterior pipes that will hold water during the winter you will want to insulate those as well.

Clean your roof and gutters. Moss covered roofs and gutters full of debris can cause ice and water to back up under shingles causing rot and mold growth.

Ensure exterior siding has no vulnerabilities. Often times with the changing seasons caulking in siding joints can crack or fall out creating an area for water to penetrate.

Inspect roof for missing or damaged shingles. A small hole caused by a popped nail or a crack in a valley can create major issues down the road. Have a professional look over your roof to ensure it is ready for winter.

Check concrete foundations and seawalls for large cracks. Cracks in concrete will allow water to penetrate causing rebar to rust and possible soil erosion behind the wall.

Prepare docks and piers for rough water. Rotten or loose wooden supports and pilings can be damaged or completely destroyed during the stormy seasons.

Develop a plan to keep driveways cleared. Many waterfront homes have steep driveways where leaves and pine needles can build up and create a slippery surface even when freezing conditions are not present.

Asses possible hazard trees. High winds can cause trees to fall over on to your home or limbs to break off and punch holes in your roof. If there is a tree giving you concern then maybe its time to have a professional come give you an assessment.

Purge your sprinkler system of water. Water in your sprinkler system can freeze causing pipes and valves to burst. Having or installing an air purge connection can help you remove the majority of the water from your system using low PSI compressed air.

Many of these things can be daunting for you average home owner and could possibly be dangerous to perform without the proper training or PPE. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and we also offer home walk arounds to ensure you are ready for winter.

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