Winter is upon us and with the colder weather steadily approaching, it’s that time of year where the majority of homeowners think about their Winter Home Maintenance Checklist. Many winter-related disasters can be prevented if homeowners take some time during the run up to the season to ensure their homes are in top condition. Taking precautions is always important and can save you time and effort in carrying out repairs later on. So what’s on the list to help prepare your home?
Roofing and Guttering
Both roofs and gutters should be inspected before winter time. Water from your gutters can build up and freeze, resulting in burst pipes. Clean out your gutters and clear any downpipes and other outlets free of leaves and debris, and make sure any leaking gutters get repaired.
Check your roof for any loose tiles or broken slates. Inspect the inside of your home for leaks or condensation, and check around your property to make sure nothing can be damaged from snow or falling ice off your roof. Fixing these issues will go a long way to preventing any damages to your home.
Going without heat in the middle of winter can be a grim experience, trust me I know I’ve done it. Get your boiler or hot water tanks inspected and serviced regularly. This maintenance can save you money on your energy bills. If you aren’t sure where to find an inspector, check the yellow pages. Businesses such as Reimer Home Services offer a variety of heat maintenance specialties to help ensure your home stays warm and cozy all winter long.
Aside from heating elements, check your home to make sure it is properly insulated. This will go a long way to keeping you warm. Check the insulation inside your loft or attic to make sure it’s adequately covered. You should also check insulation around your pipes or get a professional to help. Uninsulated pipes are prone to freezing or bursting which can lead to a number of costly problems. It may be time for an upgrade or inspection.
During the winter heating costs are always an issue. There are a number of things you can do to reduce your bills and keep your house with as much heat as possible. Foam or rubber draft excluders in each room will prevent hot air from escaping and keep cold air trapped outside. Blackout curtains can also help keep your rooms from losing heat during the night. Make sure all shutters and blinds are sealed and fitted into place. Open the windows during the day when the sun is shining to allow your rooms to take advantage of the free warmth. It’s also important to check all doorways and window sills for proper sealing to keep drafts out and energy costs down.