With the festive season fast approaching, the last thing on your mind is preparing your home for the change in seasons. Unfortunately, if you want to avoid costly issues this winter, it’s a good idea to prepare your home before the temperature drops. Let’s explore some tasks you can perform to help get ready for the coldest part of the year.
Clean and Inspect Your Gutters
When winter starts, your gutters begin to suffer. With rain, snow, and ice accumulating in your gutters, they must be clean enough to handle the increased workload. If your gutters are full of leaves and debris, blockages will be much more likely. Make a note to clean your gutters at least 2 times a year.
This is also an excellent opportunity to inspect if your gutters are cracked, damaged, or falling away from your house’s structure. If your gutters aren’t in good shape, they might place undue stress on your property’s core structure.
Service Your Heating System
If you’re like most homeowners, you haven’t used your heating system since last winter. While this has probably been beneficial for your energy bills, it also means that your system has gone untested for several months.
Servicing your heating system before winter begins can help prevent a breakdown at an inconvenient time. A heating technician can inspect your system, make adjustments, and ensure there aren’t any ticking time bombs that will impact your ability to stay warm this winter.
Seal Cracks and Gaps
If you have any cracks in your siding or in your attic, it’s essential to seal them before the temperatures drop. Cracks in slate roofs and shingles can cause major issues. If you want to avoid heat escaping your home when you turn your heating system on, you need to repair any significant gaps in your home’s structure. If you’re unsure how to inspect for cracks and holes, contact a professional contractor.
Request a Roof Inspection
Your roof’s condition is critical if you want to enjoy the festive season without any hiccups. As the winter months begin, and rain and snow begin to fall, it’s more important than ever that your roof is up to the task. Even small problems can become significant if a winter storm approaches.
While it’s easy to spot glaring roofing issues, it’s much tougher to find small cracks, gaps, and trouble-spots. By contacting an experienced roofing contractor and requesting an inspection, you can rest assured that your roof is prepared for winter. If there are any issues, your roofing contractor will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
Run Hot Water Through Your Pipes
If the temperatures drop below freezing, it’s critical to run hot water through your pipes regularly. If your pipes freeze, the water within them will expand, and your pipes might burst. This can cause serious leak issues and cost you thousands of dollars.
If you’re taking a family holiday this winter, it’s often a good idea to turn the water off before you leave. Leaving water idle in your pipes can be dangerous if temperatures drop below freezing while you’re away.
Consider New Windows
If you’re currently using outdated windows, it might be costing you. If you’re not using double-glazing, your home will lose a significant amount of heat. While replacing your windows might seem like a large upfront cost, you’ll soon notice the massive impact it has on your energy bills.
Check or Replace Insulation
If you’re struggling to keep your home warm, it might be an issue with your insulation. Over the past few years, insulation has improved dramatically. If you’re using outdated materials, your house might not be as energy-efficient as your neighbor’s. Contact our contracting team if you want to discuss upgrading your insulation.
Contact Us for Winter Preparation
As one of the region’s most trusted contracting teams, we help our clients prepare for the coming winter months. You can contact our team at Authentic Restoration if you need help with any of the tasks mentioned in this article. Call us at (855) 849-6494 to discuss your options.