As fall turns to winter, the temperatures continue to drop and any moisture in your home and lawn has begun to freeze. Your home needs to be ready for harsh winter weather in order to keep your home systems running smoothly and prevent your property value from suffering. There are a number of steps you can take to get your home ready for the colder weather, so here is our guide to preparing your home for winter.
Check on Your Roof
You should check your roof for any missing shingles, leaf buildup, or broken seals. With snow piling up, and moisture freezing in any cracks or gaps, the winter can take a toll on your roof. By making sure it is clean and well-maintained before the winter picks up, you can prevent serious damage to your home that can require very costly repairs.
Caulk Drafty Windows and Doors
Falling temperatures and snowstorms can cause problems if your windows and doors are not properly sealed. A useful rule of thumb to follow uses a nickel: if the gap between your home’s siding and the window and door frames is larger than the width of a nickel, you should re-apply exterior caulk. Keeping your home well-insulated and minimizing drafts can help you save on energy costs in the colder weather and keep your heating system running efficiently.
Clean the Gutters
Your gutters are one area where leaf and debris buildup is common. When these materials build up around your roof and drainage system, they can freeze and cause issues with drainage. This can cause leaks and damage in your home. Keeping the gutters clean can help you avoid costly problems this winter.
Moisture and running water can cause leaks in your home, resulting in water damage. The risks increase in winter, when colder temperatures can cause this moisture to freeze, expanding cracks. Diverting water 3 to 4 feet from your foundation can help you avoid costly water damage and even basement flooding. Plus, when these issues are prevented, it will help keep up the value of your home for future potential buyers.
Maintain Your Heating System
Your heating system should be maintained regularly, and preparing it for winter is key to making sure your home stays efficiently and safely heated. Having your heating system inspected before the coldest days of winter arrive will help you ensure your home is prepared for winter.
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