Winter is coming, which means its time to get your home winterized. That doesn't just include wrapping your pipes and insulating your attic. There are other steps you need to take if you want your home to be completely winterized. Here are four steps that you might have overlooked this year.

1. Service Your Garage Door

Now that the weather is getting cold, it's time to service your garage door – even if you don't have an automatic garage door opener. If you do have a garage door opener, you need to make sure that the motor and cables are properly oiled before the cold weather settles in for the winter. You also need to make sure that the tracks have been cleaned and the safety sensors have been adjusted. If you don't have an automatic garage door opener, you need to make sure that the springs have been safety tested. You don't want to get stuck outside in the cold or have your garage door come crashing down this winter.

2. Clean Your Rain Gutters

If you haven't cleaned your rain gutters out yet, now's the time to get that done. Your rain gutters help protect your home from quite a few winter problems, including water damage and ice dams. Make sure that your gutters are cleaned out and repaired before the weather gets too bad. Take the time to adjust your down spouts as well. You don't want the rain water to be draining into your home or garage this winter. If you're not sure about the placement of your down spouts, place your hose in the gutters, turn the water on and watch for the direction of the drainage. Adjust the down spouts until the water is draining away from your home and garage.

3. Seal Your Doors and Windows

No winterization plan is complete without sealing the doors and windows. Proper sealing around your doors and windows help stop the drafts that can undermine energy efficiency during the winter. However, proper seals around your doors and windows will also help keep the rain out of your home, as well. When sealing your doors and windows, don't forget about your garage. Water can destroy the contents of your garage too.

4. Repair Your Roof

If you haven't taken care of the roof maintenance yet, you still have time. Winter weather can wreak havoc on your roof. You want to make sure that you don't have any leaks, or areas that could develop leaks. When you're inspecting your roof, don't forget to spend some time on the area over your garage. You may have leaks in your garage that you didn't know about. A leak in your garage roof could short out your garage door opener and pose other problems for you.

For more information, contact a company like Callahan Door and Window today.

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