Winter weather can be tough on a house’s exterior. There are six things you can do to make sure your home is ready for the season.
The weather’s getting colder, so it’s time you start thinking about preparing your home for the upcoming winter months. Here are six tips to make sure your property makes it through winter safe and sound:
- Make sure the roof is in order. This should be your first and most important priority. Get up there and see if there are any shingles or vent covers missing. Moisture from built-up snow can seep into any exposures.
- Check the walls and foundation for any cracks. Moisture can accumulate in these kinds of areas as well and exacerbate them during the freezing process. Don’t forget about checking your gables and venting spots to make sure they’re covered, either. If they aren’t, birds and rodents might seek refuge inside your property.
- Clean and clear your gutters and downspouts. The drainage should be adequate for melting snow. If you have any blockage, the melted snow can freeze, expand, and cause even more cracks.
- Clean out your HVAC system. Before turning your furnace on, get it professionally serviced so that all the filters are clean. Make sure all the coils are free and clear of debris. Some people go as far as to throw covers over their HVAC units to prevent rust and prolong its lifespan.
- Inspect your chimney. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it’s a really good idea to have an expert clean that and the chimney to prevent any house fires.
- Break out the hose bibs. The faucets on the exterior of the house need to be covered to prevent any moisture from causing your pipes to burst. It’s easy enough to grab some styrofoam covers from Lowe’s or Home Depot. If you can’t do that, just use some old t-shirts to wrap around them.
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