Winter is coming and you want to make sure all your home repairs are in order before the truly cold weather hits. You don’t want to find yourself in the middle of winter with bursting pipes, leaky windows or clogged gutters.
1. Get Your Heating In Check
Check your heating system before the cooldown begins and make sure it’s ready to go. You may need to hire someone to help. You can hire a technician to look at your heating pump or furnace for $80 to $100. The technician will check for any problems, clean the system and make sure it’s operating at maximum efficiency. The sooner you act, the less likely you’ll be the 100th person in line requesting a repair on one of the coldest days of the year.
2. Check Out the Roof
Prepare your roof to be ready for rainy, snowy and icy conditions. You want to make sure there are no loose or damaged shingles that could leak or become further damaged by snow accumulating on the roof. Take the time to clear gutters and other debris from the roof. Also, check chimneys and other vents for obstructions or damage. Find a local roofing contractor to check things out if you don’t want to get up on the roof and handle it yourself.
3. Avoid Bursting Pipes
Make sure to drain hoses and have the pipes checked to avoid a pipe bursting. Double check to ensure there are no leaks in any exterior faucets. Undrained water in pipes will freeze during the winter months and cause pipes to burst. To prevent bursting pipes, you want to disconnect all garden hoses and drain the remaining water from the faucets. Go ahead and tackle this task while it’s still warm outside. Nobody wants to deal with something outdoor faucets over the winter months.
Also, you’re going to want to drain your lawn irrigation system. Draining the irrigation system will protect against burst pipes. This is a task that you will need to hire a professional to complete the job. Depending on the size of your sprinkler system, the service will cost you $50 to $100.
4. Snow Removal
If you live in a place where you’ll see snowfall, be prepared for the upcoming snow by looking for local snow removal services for cheap near you. Sure, you can remove all that accumulating snow yourself, but there are truly better ways to spend your weekends and other free time. Take the time to find a snow removal service that fits your needs. Ask what kind of services they provide, from laying salt or other deicers in the preparation of a storm to what kind of equipment they will use to shovel, haul or plow the snow away.
5. Caulk Those Windows and Doors
No one wants cold air seeping into their home in the dead of winter. If the gaps between your door and window and the siding are larger than a width of a nickel, you’re going to need to reapply the exterior caulk. Since silicone caulk won’t shrink and is resistant to the elements, it makes the best caulk to use on the exterior of your home. Also, makes sure to check your door frames and window joints as well. Don’t forget to add weatherstripping around your doors if needed. You want to make sure you can’t see any daylight from inside of your home.
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