Your home protects your family and your belongings from the elements. As colder weather approaches, it’s important to prepare your home so that it’s ready for winter weather like rain, ice, snow, and sleet.
Inspect and Repair the Roofing
A damaged, leaking roof is a problem, especially during the winter and rainy season. It’s a bad time of year to have to deal with water seeping through the roofing. Neglecting repairs may cause other problems such as mold growth, rot, and water damage.
Call a roofer to inspect the roof and fix any problems like missing or damaged shingles and cracked or rusted flashing.
Heating System Maintenance
Because it’s been unused for several months, your heating system needs a tune-up ahead of the cold season. The HVAC technician will verify the system functions properly and suggest any needed repairs.
To help maintain the unit, replace the air filters as recommended. You’ll boost your heating system’s efficiency and improve indoor air quality. Make sure you have an adequate fuel supply before the temperatures drop.
Clean the Gutters to Prepare Your Home for Winter
Clear pine needles, debris, leaves, and moss from your gutters and downspouts. A clean guttering system permits snow-melt and rain to flow freely through the channels. Clogs lead to ice dams and water seeping under shingles, which can cause significant damage. Schedule gutter maintenance and cleaning to get your home ready for winter.
Protect the Plumbing
Avoid frustrating plumbing problems and burst pipes by insulating outdoor plumbing fittings. Remove the garden hose from the outdoor tap, drain it, and store it indoors for winter.
If you have pipes that run through areas like the basement, garage, or attic, insulate those pipes. Heat tape is available that will help maintain the temperature of plumbing pipes. Apply the heat tape first before wrapping the pipes with foam insulation.
Prepare the Fireplace for Winter
The winter season is best spent gathering by a cozy fire. Make sure the fireplace is safe and ready for use. Call a professional to inspect the fireplace and chimney. Clean the fireplace, stock enough seasoned hardwood for the winter, make sure the damper opens completely, and verify your chimney is clean and in good condition before building your first fire.
Seal Windows and Doors
Heat loss through cracks and gaps around windows and doors is a significant contributor to your heating bill. Poor insulation makes it more difficult to heat your home, stresses the HVAC system, and increases utility bills.
Seal cracks to prevent air leaks. Upgrade your windows and buy window treatments that help insulate to prevent heat loss. Add weather-stripping around windows and doors to keep cold air out.