With cold winter weather just around the corner, it's time to get your fall home maintenance completed. This means you need to complete any repairs needed on your home, and make sure your home is ready for harsh weather. Check out these tips to learn what you need to do before it starts snowing.
Gutter Cleaning and Maintenance
It's important to remove any debris from your gutters before it starts snowing because clogged gutters and downspouts could cause ice dams to form. And, an ice dam can tear your gutters off of your house completely and destroy roofing shingles. After you remove the debris from the gutters along the eaves of your house, use a water hose run water down your downspouts to force debris out. Also, when you're finished cleaning, inspect the gutters to make sure the are all secure. Remember, snow and ice are heavier than rain, so if you see any portion of your gutters that look like they are sagging or need to be replaced, now is a good time to make the repairs.
Furnace and Air Conditioner Inspection
You should always have your furnace inspected (by local technicians at companies like Daryl's Heating & Air Inc) before the winter heating season begins to ensure everything is in proper working order and there isn't anything blocking your home's airflow. While the HVAC technician is completing your furnace inspection, make sure he cleans out the vents and furnace, replaces the filter, and inspects the gas line to make sure it's safe to use. While the HVAC tech is at your home, you should also go ahead and get your annual air conditioner inspection completed. The HVAC tech can inspect the AC and make any repairs needed, and then, when spring arrives all you'll need to do is clean the unit before you start to use it.
Winterize the Kitchen and Bathroom Pipes
If you don't winterize the pipes in your kitchen and bathroom, it's possible for them to freeze or bust on really cold winter nights. In order to prevent this from happening, purchase a few tubes of pipe insulation from a local hardware store to place around the pipes under your sinks. To put the pipe insulation on the pipes, you'll need to measure the length of the pipe and cut the insulation to fit it. It doesn't need to be exactly the same length, but it should be really close to exact. For pipes that curve upwards cut two pieces of insulation—one the will cover the portion of the pipe jutting out of the wall and one that will cover the portion that runs up to the sink.
Preparing your home for the winter doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, if you make a list of the things that you need to do, chances are, you can easily complete your list over a weekend. But, even if you don't do anything else to your home, you should make sure your pipes are winterized, your gutters are clean, and your furnace is working properly. This way, you're less likely to have a major winter disaster on your hands.