Winter is upon us it's important to prepare your home for winter. Snow and ice can wreak havoc on your home’s infrastructure, and it’s important to address issues quickly. Begin prepping your home for winter as soon as possible, early preparation can save you unnecessary headaches and costly repairs if you act now.
Clean gutters and check for leaks
Clean out any leaves or debris that may have accumulated in the gutters. Check to make sure the downspout directs water away from the foundation, and add extensions if necessary to keep the water away from your house. It’s also a good plan to install gutter guards. These will protect your gutters from clogging and ensure that water does not accumulate on the roof. Also remember to unhook all garden hoses from outside faucets.
Replace smoke detector batteries
If you didn’t already handle this task when the time changed, while you’re prepping your home for winter, make sure all smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly.
Seal windows and doors
A windy fall may have damaged the seals on your windows and doors. Check caulking for decay around doors, windows, corner boards, and joints, and recaulk as needed. Be sure seals are tight to improve insulation and prevent water damage.
Test the heating units
Don’t wait for a cold day to discover that your heating is not functioning properly. Fall is the right time to change the filters, clean the system, and make sure everything is working to maximum efficiency. Clean filters will also prevent your heating unit from straining. Hire an HVAC contractor who can clean and inspect your mechanical systems.
As a homeowner, it’s impossible to prevent every problem that can arise, however with regular maintenance and a little elbow grease, you can ensure your home is a safe and comfortable place to withstand the colder weather months ahead.