As the Christmas season begins to rear its head around the corner, so does the harsh winter weather. That means it’s time to prepare your house for the new climate conditions if you haven’t already. If you have yet to do so, don’t worry. These 14 home maintenance tips will help you properly prepare for the upcoming winter season.
1. Combat Ice Dams With Properly Maintained Gutters
As the winter weather begins to creep in, keep a watchful eye on your home’s gutters. Leaves, branches, and various forms of debris can easily clog your gutters. This can trap melted snow within the gutters and form ice dams, or even cause leaks in some cases.
2. Furnace Maintenance
Don’t forget to change the air filters in your furnace on a regular basis. Additionally, your furnace should undergo inspection annually. So, it’s a good idea to schedule that inspection around the beginning of the winter season.
3. Make Sure To Test Your Sump Pump
This is one of the most important ways to prepare for winter. If you don’t properly maintain sump pump upkeep, it could lead to disastrous consequences. By not following this home maintenance tip, you run the risk of a failing sump pump causing flooding in your basement. Suffice it to say, you want to avoid such a fate.
4. Roof Maintenance
The winter season can be harsh on your rooftop. You should be keeping tabs on things such as the quality of your shingles and vent pipes. Aside from those important steps, you should also invest in something known as a roof rake. This will help you remove snow from your rooftop after a nasty storm hits. Make sure to do this very safely. You can either do it yourself or simply hire a professional to do it for you.
5. Remove Window Screens
When you prepare for winter, this step is important for a couple of reasons. First, it prevents snow from getting trapped in your window sill. Also, it can help increase the amount of natural light coming through your window. It’s a small step that will ultimately help maximize the amount of heat coming into your house during the cold winter evenings.
6. Keep Entryways & Paths Clear
Consistently make sure that any paths and entryways around your house aren’t covered in snow or ice. This can help prevent accidents from occurring around the house. Keeping snow cleared around your house may not seem as important as clearing out ice but that is not the case. By keeping snow off of your pathways and stairs, railings, etc., you can expose patches of ice and properly deal with them. Accidentally slipping on ice hidden by snow is never a fun experience. So, when you prepare for winter, this should be one of the first steps you take.
7. Obtain Mats For Entrances
Avoid tracking snow or salt into your house with the help of effective floormats. Investing in decent floormats is useful for every season but they are especially great to have during winter. That way, you and your guests’ shoes won’t muddy up your floors. Plus, having a designated area to place shoes will help reduce clutter around your doorway caused by shoes scattered across your floor.
8. Maintain Your Attic With Additional Insulation
Proper insulation for your roof is incredibly important for the winter season. With effective insulation, you can combat the formation of ice dams on the exterior of your home. Having an ice dam form on your roof can have some terrible results including leaks and even, in some major cases, your roof collapsing.
9. Remove Dead Tree Branches
If you have trees around your house, make sure they are properly trimmed and maintained throughout the winter season. This way, you can avoid any damage to your home from a dead branch falling onto your property. Additionally, you can help avoid injuries sustained by tree branches or ice falling from your trees onto passerby.
10. Fill Gaps In Windows & Doors
You should prepare your windows and doors for winter to avoid cold air seeping in and warm air leaking out. You can do this in a number of different ways. For instance, weatherstripping is a widely-used and very effective method of doing this during winter.
11. Properly Prepare & Maintain Smoke Detectors/Fire Alarms
You might be under the impression that a fire is less likely to erupt during the winter due to the snow and additional cold weather. However, this is far from being the case. Replace batteries for each of your smoke detectors and fire alarms at the beginning of the winter season. Most homeowners will utilize a fireplace and other methods of heating the house during winter, making the occurrence of an accidental fire more likely.
Be sure to check these devices on a monthly basis to ensure they are working properly. Likewise, you should use the same method of maintenance with the carbon monoxide detectors in your home as well.
12. Don’t Ignore Chimney/Fireplace Upkeep
Like your furnace, your chimney should be inspected by a licensed professional on an annual basis. Having someone inspect and clean your fireplace/chimney before winter arrives is integral to ensuring proper home maintenance during the cold season.
13. Keep An Eye On Window Well Maintenance
This goes hand-in-hand with step five. By keeping window wells clean and cleared out, you can increase the amount of natural light entering your home. If you don’t have window wells then hooray for you! That’s officially one less thing you’ll have to worry about during winter.
14. Clean Dryer Vents
A dryer is a wonderful appliance to have in your home. However, without proper maintenance, your dryer can transform into a major fire hazard. To ensure proper fire safety during winter, remember to clean the dryer’s lint filter after each use. You should be doing this every time you use the dryer regardless of the season but it’s particularly important to do this during winter. Additionally, make sure to clean out the lint vents.
A lint vent should be located at the back of the dryer. It’s a much harder task than cleaning your lint filters but it’s still a necessary task, especially at the start of winter.
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