- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 12/9/2022
For much of the country, cold weather is right around the corner. Before the snow starts to fall, it's a good idea to make sure your home is ready for the change in season. Follow our winter home maintenance checklist for tips on how to make your home winter-ready.
A sump pump helps to prevent basement flooding by pumping melting snow and ice away from your home toward a storm drain, pond or dry well. If you have a sump pump, now's a good time to make sure that it's working properly.
The winter months are prone to blizzards and other storms that can knock out the power in your home. Having a backup generator on hand is a great way to stay prepared. Generators allow you to keep your heater and lights working in the event of an emergency.
Learn more about generators, then shop our selection of generators and renewable energy solutions. If you need replacement generator batteries, we offer those too.
Icy walkways can cause dangerous slips and falls. That's why it's important to check your outdoor lighting. Test your exterior lights and replace any spent bulbs with new light bulbs. LED bulbs perform very well in the cold, since they don't use heat or gasses in order to create light. Read our blog entitled "How to Prepare Your Outdoor Lights for Winter" for additional winter lighting tips.
Experts recommend keeping a kit of emergency supplies in your home in case of a storm or other winter emergency. Here are a few suggested items to help get you started:
Now that your house is ready for winter, what about your car? Bring your vehicle to any one of our 700+ stores and have your battery tested for free. If you're worried about your car dying in the cold weather, pick up a jump starter. These portable batteries allow you to jump-start your car without the need for another vehicle. You'll also find additional extras in our auto center, including spare headlight bulbs, windshield wiper blades, jumper cables and more.