Winter is a trying time for most homeowners. Weather patterns start to change and so many things can go wrong. The worst is that the cold weather can intensify any issue you’re experiencing. This is especially true if you have to deal with a tough cold wherever you live.
Some repairs that could’ve waited in the summer are now a priority, and some issues that might’ve been minor could become essential to your and your family’s safety. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to prepare and not have too many problems this winter. Here are a few things you can do to prepare.
Give Your Roof a Checkup
If you live somewhere where you have to deal with heavy snow, like Minnesota for instance, you must have your roof checked before winter starts. This is especially important if the roof is over five years old.
You have services that cover all of Minnesota that will be more than happy to come to check your roof and see if there could be some issues there. Some of these services will also help you with things like attic insulation or ice dams in the winter, so it would be wise to have their number on hand in case something happens.
Shut Down Sprinkler System and Pool
A very common trouble area in the winter is the pool. You have to make sure that it’s properly shut down. Your sprinkler system also has to be shut down and the faucets need to be properly drained. It would be a good idea to hire someone to do this for you, even if you tend to do things yourself most of the time. One small error here and you could have major issues comes spring.
This would also be the perfect time to have your pool system checked out. This is because spring is the high season for pool contractors and you might have to pay a premium.
Cut Air Drafts
Air drafts can make a big difference in how much you have to pay on energy bills this winter. This is because your system will need to work extra hard to keep the temperature up. Not only will it cost you more to keep the house warm, but humidity can get in leading to mold issues and pest infestations. However, there are tons of simple things that you can do to fix this.
The first thing you have to do to block drafts is to find them. Don’t limit yourself to windows and doors either. Look at other areas like plumbing, drill holes for cable and satellite, chimneys, recessed lights, and even electrical outlets.
The easiest way to catch these is to walk around the house with a lit stick of incense. If you see the smoke moving violently near potential trouble areas, you will need to address the situation. All it could take is a bit of sealing tape to weather strip these areas, so this is something you can easily do on your own.
These are just some of the things you can do to prepare your home for the cold winter months. These will not only help you drive down costs but stay safe as well.