Three Things You Have Got to Do to Get Your Property Ready For Winter

Three Things You Have Got to Do to Get Your Property Ready For Winter

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With Thanksgiving behind us and Mother Nature already piling snow on parts of the country, it's time to get your house ready for the winter if you haven't already. Here are a few helpful tips you can use to fortify your property against the harsh, icy elements ahead.

Winterizing Gazebos.
If homeowners want their gazebos to live through the winter to the warmer months when they can enjoy them again, they're going to have to get them ready. They need to clean all the debris -- all the twigs, leaves, and dirt -- from the floor and the sides to help prevent rot from setting in. Then, they should hose them down to make sure they're thoroughly cleaned. Lastly, homeowners need to check them over for any mold or algae that might be growing on them, and scrub them all away with a safe cleaning solution.

Winterizing Outdoor Fences.
There are various types of residential fencing, some of which need to be winterized more than others, but each one needs to be prepped for the ice and snow that's coming. Wooden fences should be checked for rot or damage, and repaired as necessary. Metal fencing -- like chain link fences -- should be checked for rust, have the rusty parts scraped off with a wire brush, and then waterproofed.

Winterizing Residential Driveways.
Winterizing residential driveways is perhaps the most important part of prepping properties for the harsh, cold months ahead. Ice and snow can cause residential driveways to crack, erode, and sink, requiring property owners to pay hundreds -- even thousands -- in the spring to fix them. In order to prevent that from happening, homeowners should first have their driveways sealed, which prevents water from getting into cracks in their residential driveways and making them worse. Secondly, residential driveways should be kept free of leaves, which will trap dampness and moisture, expediting the erosion process.

Christmas is less than a month away, which means now is the time to get gazebos, outdoor fences, and residential driveways ready for winter. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

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