Winter is coming. (Special shout out to all my Game of Thrones fans out there.) We’ve seen the beginning, but it isn’t too late to prepare your home. Follow some simple winter home maintenance tips:
- Clean the gutters – Clogged gutters can be a hazard during the fall and winter season. When gutters are clogged, melting snow and ice has nowhere to drain – if water pools around your home it can seep underneath the surface and cause flooding.
- Check your roof – Check your roof for any cracks or loose shingles, these things should be fixed immediately to prevent leaks or other damage. The metal flashing around vents, chimneys and skylights should also be checked for cracking or rust.
- Turn off exterior faucets – Freezing temperatures mean frozen pipes which can cause tearing and leaking. Tears or leaks in pipes can lead to very expensive damage to your home. Make sure to remove and drain all hoses attached to your home, shut off any interior shut off valves – then turn on the exterior faucet and let water drain, and finally, you can insulate exterior faucets.
- Store patio furniture – Although some furniture is weather resistant, it is still best to protect it from the elements. The best steps to following when storing your patio furniture for winter is to clean it, cover it and stack it.
- Tune up your heating system – Have your furnace or boiler checked by a professional before you start using it this winter. Changing your heating system’s filters every few months is also a good idea. If there are any issues with the working condition of your heating system, it is best to catch it now as opposed to finding out about it when it’s 20 degrees out and you try to turn the heat on.