If you are a home owner, this means that you should slowly make all the necessary fixes before weather gets even worse. With a proper and timely maintenance, you will be able to avoid numerous issues that might pop up later on.
So, without further ado, here is the list with 5 main things you need to check on your house before snow starts falling.
1. Fixing your roof
Let’s start from the top.
Roof shingles get damaged all the time. This is only to be expected. But the issue occurs if there is some considerable damage and you haven’t reacted prior to winter. Now, you have to deal with all sorts of leakage.
In order to prevent this, you will have to climb on the roof and check all the shingles. Leakage is a good tell if there is some damage. However, if there is no such indication, you will have to look for holes and to check suspicious areas. If you think that some shingles are damaged, you need to remove them and see if there is any moist beneath.
Another potential issue may come in a form of gutters. This element is crucial as it protects structural integrity of your home. If there is any damage to it or if there are some missing gutters, it will have negative effect on your house. Similarly to shingles, they need to be checked, repaired if needed and also cleaned.
2. Problematic foundation and pavement
Another thing that should be regarded as crucial is your foundation. Numerous cracks will appear in them as the times goes by. These cracks need to be addressed as soon as possible. Not only do they allow insects to penetrate your home, they also tend to expand during the winter.
Concrete cracks may also appear in pavement. When the winter comes, they will be filled with water. Although water by itself is not dangerous, the potential issue may appear as it starts freezing and thawing. This continuous process will expand the cracks even further which will ultimately lead to some parts falling off.
Make sure to patch everything before the winter comes. It will save you a lot of money in the long run and reduce the amount of work that needs to be done in future.
3. Check for the air leaks
Bad isolation is a real disaster. It is something that can significantly increase the heating costs during the winter. Naturally, it will also make your home colder.
The main culprit are windows. Caulk around them tends to peel off. If that is the case, you should scrape it and apply a new layer.
Besides that, other elements may also be damaged such as the pipes and ducts. They also have a significant impact on your energy bills. Wherever you see gaps or you suspect there is some damage, you will need to seal the area.
4. Fix your heating system
With that, we come to heating system itself.
Maintenance of the heating system is pretty straightforward but it does encompass several things.
First, you will have to check the filter. During the year, a lot of different things will get stuck in it so you will have to clean it prior to the winter season. This will save you a lot of money.
Next on the list is heater’s flue. In this case, the problem is not only of economic nature. If you exhaust is not working properly, it can lead to poisoning. The problem can be really severe so it is perhaps better to leave this one of an expert.
Lastly, check the thermostat. Even if it’s not broken, it may be poorly calibrated which will increase your overall costs.
5. Winterize your pool
Not everybody has a pool. But, those who have one know how important it is to winterize it.
Similarly to any system, you will have to perform a thorough inspection. First of all, make sure to clean your swimming pool and reduce the water level. After that, remove all the water from your pipes, heater and filter. It may cause bursting due to the ice.
Use algaecides, floater and antifreeze. These products should ensure that everything is protected. Pool pump needs to be removed and finally, you need to place a cover above the pool.
These are the main 5 things every homeowner should do prior to winter. They might seem as a hassle but they are necessary. Have in mind that each one of these procedures is actually reducing your future costs and safeguarding your equipment/parts of the house. That being said, it is a small price to pay.
Lastly, if you are not proficient in something or if you have doubts regarding the state of your house, it is better to call for a professional help and let them take care of it.