When cold weather arrives, you dust off your warm shoes and jackets and turn up the heat in your home. But have you ever thought about getting your home ready for the chilly season? Following Is a fall and winter home maintenance checklist each homeowner should follow:
- Get Your Heating System Serviced — Before cranking up the heat, hire a technician to inspect your furnace and heat pump. This ensures your heating system works at the recommended efficiency and that carbon monoxide leaks are prevented.
- Reverse Ceiling Fans — Since heat rises, turning your ceiling fans in reverse could help heat your rooms. This may allow you to turn off your thermostat by a couple of degrees and save energy.
- Clean the Gutters — performing this job frequently prevents water from leaking on your home, causing damage. When temperatures fall below freezing point, having clean gutters also helps prevent ice dams. Ensure that gutters and downspouts are not worn or damaged.
- Divert Water Away from Your Home’s Foundation — While you’re checking the downspouts, be sure they divert water at least three to four feet away from the base. When they don’t, add extensions into downspouts.
- Prevent Ice Dams — Ice dams on your roof are a sign that your attic is not properly insulated. Your loft has to be trendy to prevent snow on the roof from melting, which causes ice dams. Make sure your attic has enough ventilation and there are no air leaks that heat your loft.
- Inspect Your Roof — Carefully look for missing, damaged, or lose shingles. Better do it now before it begins snowing to avoid leaks and water damage when the snow thaws. Have a look at more roof maintenance tips for the autumn.
- Seal Windows and Doors — Moisture and cold air can get inside your walls through openings around windows, door frames, and where pipes enter your residence. Caulk up the gaps that are larger than the diameter of a nickel.
- Turn off Exterior Faucets and Sprinklers — The water from outdoor pipes can freeze and cause the pipes to burst as the ice in them expands. To prevent that, disconnect garden hoses and drain all the water in exterior pipes. Alternately, replace exterior taps with freeze-proof faucets.
- Drain Your Sprinkler System — Buried irrigation lines can also freeze, leading to burst pipes and damage to sprinkler heads. To best drain, the sprinkler system, hire an irrigation tech to blow out the systems pipes using compressed air.
- Mulch Leaves — Rather than raking the leaves on your lawn, mulch them. The resulting compost offers nourishment to your yard. Also, when stowing your mower for the winter, add a stabilizer to the fuel tank to protect the engine in the event the tank still contains fuel.
- Scrub Your Fireplace — To ensure that your fireplace is in good repair throughout the cold season, make sure the damper opens and closes properly. Look into the flue to make sure it’s free of obstacles. Also, check your firebox for damaged or missing mortar or bricks, or hire a chimney sweep to do the job.
During the cold months, it’s also important to be conscious of heating safety concerns. Have a look at our house heating safety tips and electrical heater safety rules. For professional smoke remediation or fire damage, contact your local PuroClean office or you can visit them for more information.