Winter Maintenance Tips For Your Home

At this point in the year, most people are getting sick of cold weather and rain, but the unfortunate fact is that there are still a few weeks of winter left, so it’s important to be prepared. If you own a home, taking a few precautions now could wind up saving you a lot of stress, hassle, and money down the line. Learn more about what steps should be taken to better prepare your property for this harsher weather by reading below. The sooner you act, the better!

winter maintenance tipsAvoiding Frozen Pipes

A big thing that should be done is insulating your plumbing. This step ensures you aren’t left with frozen or burst pipes, which can lead to extensive water damage, as well as some costly repair bills. Any pipes that are in colder areas of the home, such as the attic, basement, or crawl space should be insulated to ensure they don’t get too cold. And if you have plumbing that goes into your garage or anywhere outside, you may want to consider relocating it.

It’s also advised to let a small trickle of water run on those especially cold days to keep water flowing and be sure to keep your cabinets open, too, to ensure the heat from your home reaches those colder under-the-sink areas.

Increasing Efficiency In Your Heating System

How’s your HVAC system operating? If your energy bills seem higher than normal, it may be time to get some professional insight. There could be debris building up inside of your vents, or you may even have mold forming. Rats, mice, and other pests have been known to work their way into these areas, too, and their feces can cause damage and contaminate your air.

All in all, it’s well worth it to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned, and it will help you avoid bigger (and potentially dangerous) problems down the line.

Preventing Water Damage

Like we said, avoiding frozen pipes will definitely help prevent water-related damages, but there are some other steps you’ll need to take, too, to keep moisture out of your home. First, clean out your gutters. All that snow on your roof will eventually melt, and your gutters offer a clear pathway off your shingles and away from the foundation of your home.

You’ll also want to ensure your masonry is adequately protected. Have a professional come in and apply their specially formulated waterproofing products to guarantee a strong seal that is vapor-permeable allowing anything already soaked inside the opportunity to effectively escape.

Have a sump pump? Make sure it’s working properly to avoid flooding. If another long rain rolls around, this is one step that could wind up saving you from a basement filled with water!

Schedule Inspections For Your Appliances

Your fireplace and other gas appliances should be inspected annually to ensure they operate as safely as possible throughout these chilly weeks. These systems tend to see more use this time of year, but even small issues can result in dangerous scenarios for you and your household. A big threat is carbon monoxide exposure. Since this gas is colorless and odorless, it is impossible to detect, but it is known to be deadly when not addressed right away.

Investing in annual inspections and getting these things serviced regularly is a big step in keeping your loved ones better protected. Also, make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home as these will offer a clear warning should the gas be present.

Have Your Dryer Vents Professionally Cleaned

Does your dryer seem unusually warm lately? Have your clothes been really hot coming out of it? Do you have to run multiple cycles to get your laundry dry? Then it’s probably time to invest in a dryer vent cleaning! Dryers tend to get used more in the winter, so investing in this service now is always a good route to take.

Clogged vents lead to fires, gas leaks, and inefficiency, so it’s always more cost-effective to get this maintenance done at least once per year.

Safely Store Lawn Equipment

Things like mowers, rakes, weed whackers, and the like don’t see much use this time of year, so you’re better off safely storing them, so they don’t become damaged in the cold weather. Our team would be happy to set you up with a storage container so that you can easily stash this equipment until it is needed down the line. (And, while you’re at it, throw warm-weather clothing, Christmas decor, and anything else in the way in there, too!) This is an easy step that will ease your winter stress and clear up space in a hurry.

Stay Prepared!

Because storms and outages are more common this time of year, it’s important to ensure you have your home well-stocked with non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies, extra blankets, portable heaters, and anything else you may need if the electricity shuts down.

Get Started Today!

So, what are you waiting for? The more tasks you tackle ahead of time, the less damage you risk facing down the line, and affordable maintenance now is always a better investment than pouring your money into expensive and time-consuming repair jobs down the line. Make a to-do list and get started today!