As the weather turns colder, it becomes increasingly important to take steps to protect your home from winter damage. In addition to preventing your house from experiencing weather damage, it will help you save on heating bills over time. Conduct the following checks to make sure you are adequately prepared for the colder months.
Check Your Foundation
Check for signs of foundation damage. Look for doors that aren’t working or appear to be sagging, cracks that draw up from the home’s foundation and flooring areas that appear to be uneven or sinking. During your foundation check, you will also want to note the presence of any other damage that could result in you needing attic or basement repairs. Addressing minor fixes sooner rather than later will save you money in the long run while also protecting your home’s value.
Address Excess Moisture
Be aware of any excess moisture that might be gathering in crawl spaces or your basement. Address any leaks or cracks that might be allowing moisture to seep in to help prevent any wood from rotting, the development of mold and other structure-damaging concerns.
Clean Your Chimney
If you intend to use your fireplace during the colder months, make sure your chimney is cleared out and is usable. You may want to stock up on firewood as well. Make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working and have new batteries.
Check Your Gutters
Make sure your gutters are cleaned out especially if you live in an area that gets lots of rain and snow. In addition to making sure rain will be properly routed on your property, it will help protect your home’s exterior from damage.
By doing regular maintenance checks and cleanups in advance, you will be able to protect your home from unnecessary weather damage during winter.