Winter will be here soon for most people and we want your home to be fully prepared to brave the cold weather. Here we have broken down winter maintenance into exterior and interior tasks. Start with the exterior tasks to ensure the outside of your home is ready to battle the upcoming cold weather. Next, move on to interior maintenance so you stay warm all winter long.
- Protect Your Gutters
Cleaning gutters is a time-consuming and sometime dangerous process. That’s why it is important to install gutter protection such as LeafFilter, which will eliminate gutter cleaning and protect your home from leaks, mold, roof and foundation damage. LeafFilter is the No. 1 rated gutter protection system and installs on your existing gutters without disturbing your roof or shingles and will never clog.
- Inspect Your Roof
Did you know that if a roof is nearing 15 years old or more, it may need to be replaced? Roofs can cause costly damage including water leaks and energy loss. To ensure safety, it is best to hire someone to check your roof for damaged shingles or worn-out seals near vent pipes and chimneys. Find a professional roof inspector by using HAAG Certified Inspector.
- Winter equipment
Weigh your options for how you will clear your driveway and sidewalks of snow this winter. Is your best option to hire a snowplowing company? If so, start calling companies in your area now to find the best rates and options. If you prefer clearing snow yourself, make sure you have a heavy-duty shovel or a reliable snow plow.
- Clean Your Fireplace
Clean your fireplace annually, especially after a cold winter where it was used often. Creosote, a flammable oil produced by wood or coal ash smoke, may build up inside the chimney causing a fire to occur when you light your fireplace. If you have a wood burning fireplace stock up on firewood ahead of time so you are prepared for when cold weather hits.
- Test and Check Batteries
Winter is a prime time to ensure your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and flashlights are all working. Change the batteries in each smoke and carbon monoxide detector and all flashlights. After you change the batteries test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly.
- Ensure Utilities Are Working
Pipes in your home are susceptible to damage if they are not prepared for freezing temperatures. Water piping can be wrapped in heat tape to help insulate pipes in unheated areas such as attics and garages. Don’t forget that if you plan to go out of town for more than a few days you should shut your water off so the pipes do not freeze or cause water damage.
Winter home maintenance should not be overlooked because in the end it could end up costing you more time and money than you wanted to spend. Take care of each exterior and interior task listed above to ensure a great winter for your home.