Preparing your home for spring after a long and cold winter is something that obviously needs to be done every year. There are a number of issues that can come with winter in Colorado, which means there are a lot of elements to preparing your home to counteract them. If you want to make things easier after the winter, prevention is the key. Whether you’re getting ready pre-season or if you’ve left it too late, the following tips will help you get the home ready for the warmer weather:
Focus on the garden and remove any plant matter and debris that shouldn’t be there. Fallen foliage and weeds are a prime place for unwanted pests to create a new home, so clear your flower beds of dropped leaves or other verdures to keep the pests at bay.
While there, prepare your vegetable garden, aerate and feed your lawn. Remove any existing vegetable plants, eliminate debris, and completely turn out the whole garden. Compost and mulch the space so the nutrients prepare your soil for the next season for planting. If you have a lot of leaf matter that has fallen, mulch it and turn it in with your soil. Break up your garden soil to guarantee nutrients reach the roots throughout winter. Ensure your yard and gardens are getting the nutrients they need to survive all kinds of weather, with a quality fertilizer with high phosphorous content.
You also want to trim up any large or out-of-place tree branches that may cause trouble and cut back overgrown trees and bushes. And when the weather is still cool, keep sensitive plants in shape through the cold days by wrapping them in cloth barriers to prevent damage from freezing.
Clean Out Your Roof And Gutters
Right before winter after all your leaves have fallen is the perfect time to clear leaves and other debris from your roof and gutters. Make sure there are no drainage blockages, as these can cause water to pool in your roof, and trickle down your walls causing water damage and mold. You should do this both before and after the winter months.
Protect Outdoor Timbers
Prevent mold and mildew development by pressure washing and weather proofing your outdoor timbers. Excess winter moisture can help mold growth vastly, but if your outdoor timbers are clean, it will limit the ability for mold to start to grow. Once you have cleaned and dried them, add weatherproofing to protect them. Again, do this seasonally.
Use mold preventative measures in low circulation rooms
During winter and as you get into the warmer months, ensure your indoor humidity level is below 40%. If you use a humidifier, make sure it doesn’t produce too much humidity. Remove sources of mold growth by regularly vacuuming and cleaning with bleach, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Don’t store paper or books in humid areas of your home like your basement, or close to the floor or walls, as they are perfect food sources for mold.
Use exhaust fans or open a window when you produce moisture, like cooking or hot showers. Make sure your exhaust fans and clothes dryer are vented to outside your home rather than to your attic or crawl space.
Consider using a dehumidifier in your basement to stop moisture build-up. The dehumidifier will regulate the humidity levels and make it difficult for mold or mildew to start developing.
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