It’s important to prepare for the winter months ahead to prevent costly damage. Below are a few winter home maintenance tips that every homeowner should follow.
Gutters and Downspouts
Frequently clean out your gutters and install gutter guards to help prevent the build up of leaves and debris in your gutter. Improper gutter maintenance can lead to interior flooding, deteriorated foundations, wood rot, mold, and pest infestations.
Windows and Doors
Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames. Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills.
Replace the filters for your air conditioner and clean your ducts to better your heating system’s efficiency as well as to reduce household dust.
Ensure your pipes are well insulated to prevent your pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.
Chimney and Fireplace
Call a professional to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used should be cleaned annually to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
Ensure your attic is insulated properly. Vetns should remain clear and uncovered in the eaves to prevent winter ice on the roof.
Landscape and Yard
Around this season, grass growth appears to be stagnant. However, the roots actually grow deeper to prepare for winter. So, now is the best time fertilize and reseed your plants.