Winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21, but it’s already making its presence known in many areas across the country.
The cold and wet conditions of the season can wreak havoc on unprepared community associations and homeowners. Whether you’re waiting for Old Man Winter to make its first appearance or you’re already cleaning up from a pre-season storm, you should take steps to winterize your home and community now.
Follow the simple checklists below and tackle the most time-sensitive tasks:
- Examine doors and replace weather-stripping as needed
- Examine window caulking and reseal where needed
- Examine and repair vents where needed
- Clean chimneys and flues
- Remove items near heat vents
- Place nonskid runners or door mats outside to help keep water, sand, and salt out of the house
- Cut back tree branches and shrubs that hide signs or block light
- Examine outdoor handrails and tighten if needed
- Turn off electrical breakers for outdoor equipment
- Close hose bibs
- Clean out gutters and downspouts
- Clear yard drains
- Spray outdoor locks and hinges with lubricant
- Stake driveway and walkway edges that may be difficult to find under deep snow
You and your community also should assemble, stockpile, or refresh the following supplies:
- Candles and matches
- Ice melt and deicer
- Snow shovels
- Generator fuel
For more information and resources about community association living, visit www.caionline.org.