It’s time to prepare your Eagle Idaho home for Winter!
Here are five things you should do before colder weather arrives.
1) Blow Out Your Sprinkler System
Our irrigation water delivery usually ends around mid-October.
Your landscaping will go to sleep shortly afterward.
Have your irrigation system blown out with compressed air to avoid damage from freezing.
Make sure that your valves are set properly, unplug your sprinkler controller, and remove the battery from your sprinkler controller.
Don’t hire the cheapest sprinkler blowout guy who posts cardboard signs on utility poles!
For reliable sprinkler service, call Dale Smitchger @ (208)861-9108 and tell him I referred you.
Failing to have your sprinkler system blown out could be a very costly experience for you next Spring.
2) Clean Your Gutters
The best time to clean your gutters is after leaves from nearby trees have fallen.
If your gutters are clogged with debris, they can overflow, causing rainwater runoff to accumulate alongside your foundation and leach into your crawlspace.
Wet crawlspaces often lead to mold, so don’t overlook this basic maintenance task.
3) Feed Your Lawn
You may not realize it, but your lawn needs to be fed before going to sleep for the winter.
Feeding your lawn now will help you win the “best lawn” award next Spring!
I recommend applying Scott’s Turf Builder WinterGuard® Fall fertilizer.
Apply it while we still have pressurized irrigation water and let your sprinkler system water it in.
4) Disconnect Your Hoses
Leaving hoses connected to outdoor faucets can cause costly frozen plumbing.
Disconnect all hoses from your outdoor faucets, drain them, and store them until next Spring.
5) Close Your Foundation Vents
Close your foundation vents before cold weather arrives.
This is especially important if your home was built prior to 2004 when the building code was updated to require insulated floors.
Leaving your foundation vents open during the winter months could result in expensive frozen pipe repairs.
Follow these five simple maintenance steps and you’ll have your home prepared for Winter!