Getting your home ready for the late fall and winter? Don’t ignore these outdoor chores.

Expanding foam easily fills large gaps and cracks around hose bibs. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

1. Seal the Home’s Envelope

Hands installing water pipe foam insulation
Wrapping exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation prevents them from freezing. (nsj-images, Getty Images Sigature)

2. Prepare for a Hard Freeze

  • Take care of your pipes! Don’t rush to the home center for insulation at the last minute. Cover outdoor pipes with snap-on foam insulation.
  • Use pre-made insulating covers for hose bibs.
  • Drain your lawn irrigation system now — residual water will freeze in the lines and can cause damage.

A person cleaning the gutters of a home while wearing orange gloves.
Gutters need to be cleaned regularly to remove leaves and other debris. (Adobe Stock)

3. Tackle the Least Favorite Jobs

  • Get up on the roof and give it a good once-over. Clear away leaves and branches, especially around the chimney and valleys. Standing debris can trap water and lead to shingle damage.
  • Trim any tree limbs close to your roof, especially dead branches that could fall in a snowstorm and damage your roof or gutters.
  • Speaking of gutters, now is the time to clear them out! Clogged and overflowing gutters can damage your home’s soffits, fascia, and foundation when water flows over the top of the gutter.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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