Your home is not only your biggest investment, but it’s a place to feel comfortable and safe – especially during a cold winter storm. The last thing you want as you get ready for the holidays is to have a home repair crisis. Prepare your home now for the winter and feel secure in the knowledge that you’re ready for whatever happens this winter.
Inspect Your Heating System
As the weather turns colder, your heating technician will be busy inspecting and repairing heating systems across the area. The best time to schedule that appointment is now. When word of the first winter storm makes the news, you can be sure it will be difficult to get in line. Having your heating system inspected is an affordable way to not only make sure that your family is warm through the winter, but also protected from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Additionally, many expensive repairs can be prevented by a timely inspection.
Keep the Elements Out
The winter months seem especially good for finding any little crack in your home’s defenses. Inspect the roof for any damaged or missing shingles. Snow lying on your roof and melting slowly has a long time to find a way into even the smallest fault. Examine doors and windows to ensure they are well sealed. The cold winter air will find a way through the most insignificant seeming gap. If necessary, add caulk to windows and weatherstripping to doors. You shouldn’t be able to see any light around the edges of the doors.
Prepare Outside Too
Faucets should be guarded from freezing, or maybe now is the time to finally get freeze-proof faucets installed. The last thing you want is for a pipe to burst, requiring you to shut off your water until it is repaired. If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, drain the water from the lines and ensure that it is off for the winter. Take care of your lawn as well. Experts recommend using your lawnmower to mulch the leaves rather than raking them. It’s good for the soil and easier on the back as well!