fbpx

Should DIYs Winterize? Or Do They Know to Leave it to a Pro?

Yes, “winterize” is actually a real word.

As you may have surmised, to winterize something is to prepare it for the cold temperatures and/or icy or snowy precipitation of winter. For instance, winterizing you car might involve filling it up with antifreeze, using a heavier weight motor oil, and even putting snow chains on its tires.

 

DIY winterize

You can also practice shivering.
 

Of course, it’s also important to make sure that your home is ready for whatever Old Man Winter may bring. But when it comes to winterizing your home, should you take on this entire process yourself? Or should you pay an expert to do it for you?

The correct answer depends on the specific winterization task you’re talking about. Here’s a quick rundown on which option to pick:

  1. Winter supplies. Here’s an easy one to start off with: this one’s all you. Get out all of the generators, space heaters, fuel, snow shovels, and snowblowers before winter actually hits (and test them if necessary).
  2. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Again, this can be done on your own if you’re physically able to reach the smoke detectors to change the batteries.
  3. Furnace. You can change the filter by yourself. But it’s probably wise to get your furnace inspected by a pro at least once a year to make sure it’s in good working order.
  4. External pipes. Wrap up pipes and spigots with insulating material (or even socks) and duct tape. If you don’t know where your water shutoff valve is, find it.
  5. Gutters. This one’s a toss up: you can either get up on a ladder and clean out your gutters by hand, or hire a gutter cleaning contractor to handle this task for a reasonable price.
  6. Tree limbs. You can do this if you can reach overhanging limbs from your roof and/or with a tool that has extenders. Otherwise, you should call a professional tree-trimming service.

DIY Winterize

Somebody left this item off of his winterizing list.

  1. Gaps in windows and doors. You can use a match or incense stick to see if smoke dances near doors or windows; if it does, then patch up the gaps with sealant or weatherstripping.
  2. Steps and handrails. If they just need tightening or some crack-sealing cement, you can take care of this yourself. But major repairs may require a contractor.
  3. Insulation. You can probably roll out fiberglass insulation in your attic pretty easily. But if you prefer spray foam insulation, only a certified contractor can apply this product.
  4. Ductwork. In most cases, you shouldn’t try to clean out your own ductwork. Call an HVAC service or a duct cleaning specialist to get the job done right.
  5. Chimney (exterior). If you like, you can get up on your roof and inspect it for cracks in the brick or flashing sealant. Minor fixes can be DIY projects, but significant repairs require a professional.
  6. Chimney (interior). It’s not easy to clean out your own chimney; plus, some of the particles you kick up can be carcinogenic. Your best bet is to hire a licensed chimney sweep.

The most important aspect of home winterization is to get started on it early. Putting it off may result in difficulty finding contractors who aren’t booked up, plus, your schedule is likely to become busier as the holiday season approaches. So make a winterization plan by determining what needs to be done and allocating time for each task or chore.

 

DIY Winterize

It’s probably a little late to start winterizing this home.
 Written by Del Thebaud

41 Years of Excellence
20% OFF
on Gutter Helmet | 0% Interest for 24 Months† | Sale Ends August 31st
*By clicking below, I’m interested in having your products installed on my home and would like to learn more about Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet products and sales in the future - I understand you use an autodialing phone and text system and my consent is not required to obtain a free estimate - I can call 888-543-5638 instead.

REVIEWS

135,000 HAPPY CUSTOMERS & COUNTING

I recently had the Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet installed on my house. It not only looks amazing, but the guys arrived on time, were professional and efficiently got the job done. I am very satisfied with Gutter Helmet's attention to detail and fulfilling their work as promised. I will definitely tell my neighbors about the Gutter Helmet.
StarStarStarStarStar
I have had Gutter Helmets for 20 years. In all that time I've never had a problem until recently a bird's nest found its way into one of my gutters. The installer who came to replace the product was the same installer from 20 years earlier. Now that's impressive. Everyone at Gutter Helmet inclusive of the office staff were professional and a pleasure to work with.
StarStarStarStarStar
Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet just replaced our roof and we could not be more satisfied. The crew showed up early, worked all day and stayed late, were professional and caring regarding the project and the surrounding impact it had on our property and home. They completed the roof quickly and it looks simply amazing!
StarStarStarStarStar
VERY happy with our entire experience adding Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet to our house. Installing this was a great value for us. The gutters are working perfectly in heavy downpours and with year-long leaves and debris coming down from our river birches. Terrific customer service and a first class product.
StarStarStarStarStar
We needed our roof repaired due to wind damage. After several quotes, Gutter Helmet was the only company that went into our attic to look and see if more damage had occurred. If it wasn't for them taking the extra time to look at everything, we would have had rotting wood under our new roof. They were very professional and gave a fair quote.
StarStarStarStarStar
We just had Gutter Helmet installed on our gutters and couldn't be happier. They provided us with useful information about Gutter Helmet and cleaned up everything, leaving no mess behind. We definitely recommend Gutter Helmet to anyone considering this product.
StarStarStarStarStar

41 Years of Excellence - 20% OFF

We work hard with each manufacturer to offer our customers the best promotions monthly.

Find a Location

Serving a Location Near You

Careers

Join the Harry Helmet Family

We're seeking fun, outgoing, and confident individuals who enjoy winning to join our team. Harry Helmet is an equal opportunity employer and we operate a safety first & drug-free workplace focused on employee safety. Great pay and benefits, apply today!