If you’re relaxing in your garden reading this post winter is possibly far from your mind. However, it won’t be long before it’s knocking on the door and you need to be prepared. You made a considerable investment when you bought your home, but it doesn’t take care of itself. A certain amount of maintenance is required and you also need to ensure it’s protected against the elements. Extremes of weather can cause huge amounts of damage, but there are things you can do to reduce the risk. Find some time to fit the following winter preparation jobs into your summer schedule.
Protect Your Pipework
If a pipe bursts in your home it can cause thousands of dollars of damage. Insulating your pipes costs far less so it has to be worth the effort. Any exposed copper or PVC water pipes should be protected with the right kind of insulation. Basements are typically where burst pipes occur, so pay special attention in this area, as well as under sinks, in attics and crawl spaces and on pipes along exterior walls.
Insulate Your Attic or Crawl Space
Insulating your attic is going to save you money in the long run. It does this by keeping the heat in your living space rather than dispersing it through the roof. How much insulation you need depends on where you live and how old your property is.
Service Your Heating System
Some of the biggest causes of home fires are chimneys, fireplaces, and heating equipment that isn’t functioning correctly. They should be inspected and serviced annually. You should also have your chimney regularly cleaned.
Clean Your Gutters and Inspect Your Roof
Cleaning your gutters is a job you can leave until the end of the fall. Once all the leaves have fallen from the trees, get out your ladders, and clear any clogs. A clogged gutter can lead to backed up water which will freeze when the temperatures drop, thereby causing more damage. While you’re up on your ladder spare a thought for the condition of your roof. If there are any loose, damaged or missing shingles make sure they’re replaced. Your safest option will be to hire your local commercial roofing contractors.
Check Windows and Doors for Leaks
When winter arrives, and your heating system is working overtime, you don’t want the heat to be escaping via leaks in your doors and windows. Make sure they’re properly sealed, and you’ll prevent heat loss. Caulk where necessary and apply weather-stripping around window and door frames.
Trim Bushes and Trees
Overgrown bushes and trees can cause damage to your property so make sure they’re trimmed back away from your house and any electrical wires. Remove any dead or dying branches and your garden will be ready to spring into life when winter is over.
If you take the time now to winter-proof your home you’ll be well-prepared for when the temperature drops. It’s also a good time to stock up on winter essentials, such as salt, snow shovels and sand. You’ll be glad you spent time getting ready because it means you’ll be able to stay nice and cozy indoors.