Unfortunately, Fall has been cut short this year in Virginia. I haven’t given up on some warm days to come, but, the cold reminds me of the work that must be done to keep the house protected. I’ll share some of those tasks that will help you do the same.
- Remove leaves and debris from gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to ice build up which can ruin your gutters or worse damage your roof, trim, windows and doors.
- Clean and protect your deck or patio for harsh weather. Rain, Dew and melting snow soaks into unprotected wood and freezes. The causes the wood to expand and crack which will lead to rot. Nails and screws will also loosen and pop up causing additional wood damage.
- Concrete, just as wood, should be protected against the freeze/thaw cycle. Concrete is porous and if not sealed will allow water to be absorbed. When the temperature dips down to freezing so will the concrete and any water that has been absorbed will freeze and potentially cause the concrete to crack and heave. Applying ice melt can cause harm not only to the finish but also exaggerate the freeze/thaw cycle.
- Don’t forget those pots and flower boxes. Move ceramic pots indoors or remove the soil and turn upside down to prevent freezing which will crack and break your coveted pots.
A little prevention now will not only protect your investment but extend the time you spend outdoors entertaining or relaxing. Even when it is cold, turn on that outdoor heater or fire up the fire pit and enjoy a hot beverage. Hang some lights and bring out the blankets and enjoy.
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