There’s always something to do around the home, isn’t there?
Not so long ago we were focussing on summer home maintenance, but now that the warmer weather is about to be replaced by a cold chill (depending on where you live), it’s time to find ways to protect our home from this change in temperature.
In this article, we are going to consider a few aspects of winter maintenance tasks that need to be added to your checklist of things to do. While you will be able to take on some of these jobs yourself, it is also worth bringing in a professional, as you have both the safety of yourself and your home to think about.
1: Insulate your pipes
Your heating and water pipes are vulnerable in the cold weather, and if not insulated, they could freeze and eventually crack because of the winter strain. You will then need to consider slab leak repair options for those pipes running beneath your property, as well as repairs to the pipes inside of your home which will no doubt be flooding your home!
Check out the following linked advice on insulating the pipes you can reach yourself, and have a go if you think you have the ability to do so. However, if you’re unsure, call out a plumbing professional. You might consider doing this anyway, as there will be pipes around and beneath your property that you won’t be able to access alone.
2: Clear your gutters
Especially when living in an area with a wet and windy climate, this needs to be your priority on a regular basis during the autumn and winter months. When your gutters accumulate leaves and other pieces of debris, a water blockage might occur, and this could result in internal damp due to your external walls being soaked. Ice dams can also occur in the wintry weather, and not only can these cause your gutters to freeze over, but they can also cause roof leaks into your home.
So, if you aren’t afraid of heights, be sure to get the ladders out and clear your gutters regularly. You might want to install a gutter brush too, as this will stop debris from accumulating. If you’re less than sure, call out a professional instead, as this might be the safest option.
3: Check for drafts
When coming in from the cold, the last thing you want is to feel the chill inside as well. Therefore, check around your home for any cracks or holes that have formed, and use caulk or other types of sealant to fill them. You might want to buy a draft excluder or two for your external doors as well, as well as a set of insulated curtains to both keep the cold air out and to keep the warm air you do have inside your home.
Here are some other tips on draft-proofing your home that is both easy and affordable.
Sorry for the wintry pun, but we have only just touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to winter maintenance tasks of your home in time for the cold weather. Still, we hope our advice has helped. Commit to further research online for some of the other tasks you might want to add to your winter checklist.
Take care, wrap up warm, and thanks for reading!