Steps to Prepare your Home for Fall and Winiter

When cold weather arrives, you dust off your own warm shoes and coats and turn the heat up in your home. But have you ever thought about getting your house ready for the chilly season? Following Is a fall and winter home maintenance checklist every homeowner should follow: 

  • Get Your Heating System Serviced — Before cranking up the heat, hire a technician to inspect your furnace and heat pump. This ensures your heating system operates at the recommended efficiency and carbon monoxide leaks are prevented.
  • Reverse Ceiling Fans — Since heat rises, turning your ceiling fans in reverse could help heat your rooms. This might allow you to turn down your thermostat by one or two levels and help save energy.
  • Clean the Gutters — Doing this task frequently prevents water from leaking on your house, causing harm. When temperatures drop below freezing point, having clean gutters also helps prevent ice dams. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are not worn or damaged.
  • Divert Water Away from Your Home’s Foundation — While you are checking the downspouts, make sure they divert water at least three to four feet away from your base. If they don’t, add extensions to downspouts.
  • Prevent Ice Dams — Ice dams on your roof are really a sign that your attic isn’t properly insulated. Your loft has to be cool to prevent snow on the roof from melting, which causes ice dams. Ensure that your attic has sufficient ventilation and there are no air leaks that heat your loft.
  • Inspect Your Roof — Constantly search for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. Better do it now before it begins snowing to avoid leaks and water damage when the snow thaws. Have a look at more roof maintenance tips for the fall.
  • Seal Windows and Doors — Moisture and cold air can get inside your walls through gaps around windows, door frames, and where pipes enter your residence. Caulk up the openings that are bigger than the diameter of a nickel.
  • Switch off Exterior Faucets and Sprinklers — The water from outdoor pipes can freeze and cause the pipes to burst because the ice inside them expands. To prevent that, disconnect garden hoses and drain all of the water in exterior pipes. Alternately, replace exterior taps with freeze-proof faucets.
  • Drain Your Sprinkler System — Buried irrigation lines can also freeze, resulting in burst pipes and damage to sprinkler heads. To best drain, the heating system, hire an irrigation technician to blow the systems out plumbing using compressed air.
  • Mulch Leaves — Rather than raking the leaves on your lawn, mulch them. The resulting compost offers nourishment to your yard. Also, when stowing your tank for the winter, add a stabilizer to the gas tank to protect the engine in the event the tank still contains fuel.
  • Inspect Your Fireplace — To make sure your fireplace is in good repair during the cold season, make sure that the damper opens and closes correctly. Look up into the flue to be certain it’s free of obstacles. Also, check your firebox for damaged or missing mortar or bricks, or hire a chimney sweep to perform the job.

During the cold months, it’s also important to be conscious of heating safety issues. Take a look at our home heating safety tips and electrical heater safety rules. For skilled smoke remediation or fire damage repair, contact your local PuroClean office.

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