Prepare for Winter
Have you prepared your home for winter? When cold winds are combined with winter precipitation and low temperatures, it can cause you a lot of trouble when it comes to the exterior and interior of your house. Here are some of the most common household problems that you can expect to occur during the winter season, and some tips on how to avoid them as well.
A Leaking Roof
If you don’t pay enough attention to your roof, some roof leaks may occur. But this can also happen because of the roof’s poor design, even if you have been paying a lot of attention to your roof. If you live in a place that gets a lot of snow, the best thing to do is to inspect your roof in order to see if there are any problems before the winter season actually begins.
Another thing that can cause leaks in your home’s walls, trim and roof is a clogged gutter. Cleaning the gutters each fall can save you a lot of time, money, and trouble in general later on.
Air leaks can raise your energy costs by causing the heating system and drafts. This is especially true when there are air leaks around windows and doors. Also, heating system breakdowns can be very uncomfortable (and expensive) during the winter. So, make sure that everything is in one piece ahead of time and you will enjoy the winter.
Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage to your home, especially during the winter. Having good heat circulation and proper insulation can prevent this from happening. Always leave the heat on and the cabinet doors open when the cold weather strikes.
Tree Branches Can Cause Some Trouble
Tree branches can be problematic during the winter.The reason for this is because they can damage your fence, landscaping, and even home by falling if they are too stressed due to snow, ice, or even just some moisture. Save yourself some trouble by trimming dead branches from big trees. Cutting back trees from your roof is another good thing to do, so do it whenever possible.
Ice dams can also cause a lot of trouble because they cause leaks. So, keep an eye on your roof and save yourself some money and time by spotting them early and preventing any damage from being done to your home.
Ultimately, even if your home is well maintained, it is still not 100% safe from appliance and system breakdowns. They can still happen from time to time, and if they do, your best option would be to hire a professional to take care of them.