How to Get a Head Start On Winter Home Maintenance

Winter home maintenance is an important part of keeping your home structurally sound and in good condition. Winter can take a serious toll on a house, so it’s important to prepare properly.

This means getting started well before the weather turns bad, since many tasks require warm, dry weather for best results.

Empty Your Gutters

Emptying your gutters plays an important role in preventing damage to your home and roof. According to Nick’s Window Cleaning, as gutters become cluttered with debris, they allow water to build up and become more attractive to a variety of pests.

As water is retained, it can soak into your roof. This causes your roof to soften and weaken, making it more susceptible to wood-eating pests, such as termites.

If birds have made their home in your gutters, their droppings and any parasites on them can threaten the health of you and your family, especially if you have allergies.

Backyard Irrigation

You probably won’t need your sprinklers and irrigation system in the winter, so it can be easy to forget about it between the last time you water and when you’re getting started again in the spring. That would be a mistake though.

Not winterizing your irrigation system can cause extensive damage throughout the system that requires expensive repairs. According to The Sprinkler Guy, winterizing your sprinklers involves purging water from your systems and shutting down the controller.

This prevents water from remaining in the system and freezing in the pipes as the temperatures drop. If water is allowed to remain, it will expand as it freezes, potentially bursting the pipes and ruining the system.

Heating Repair

One of the last things you want during winter is to lose heating. To prevent that from happening, make any necessary repairs to your heating system.

Most people know to have the HVAC system tuned up regularly, but if you have a fireplace and chimney you should include those in your efforts as well.

According to Alure, cleaning a chimney and fireplace can be a pretty involved process, so feel free to call in for some professional help if you don’t want to do it yourself. Either way, it’s important to have it done regularly. Once a year should do the trick.

Electrical Maintenance

One of the other things you really want to avoid during winter is the electricity going out. Obviously there’s only so much you can do here, but having an electrician inspect your home’s electrical system can be a good way to identify any problems in your own home that you can do something about.

It’s a good idea for them to inspect your breaker panel and the wiring there for any damage to the wires or insulation. They can also do a whole home electrical safety inspection to make sure all your safety features are in working order.

This will help reduce the risk of electrical fires or being shocked.

Protect Your Pipes

Your irrigation and sprinkler pipes aren’t the only ones that need protecting from winter’s chill. If you have pipes near windows, doors, or in areas of your home that aren’t heated, you’ll need to protect them from freezing.

Frozen pipes can crack and burst, causing severe water damage to your home. Insulating your pipes and keeping a small amount of water running through them can help prevent them from freezing and becoming damaged.

It’s also a good idea to keep the heat running when temperatures are at or below freezing.

Prepare for Storms

Storms and winter tend to go hand in hand, so it’s important to prepare for them. Stock up on things like salt and sand to de-ice your walkways and driveways. This will help keep you, your household, and any guests you might have safer from slips and falls.

According to Arash Law, weather and wet conditions are some of the most common causes of slip and fall injuries, so preventing them is important. Consider obtaining a good backup generator and getting it hooked up to your house.

You’ll be glad you have one if the power goes out.

We don’t have too many more months before winter weather conditions set in and performing certain home maintenance tasks becomes exceptionally difficult.

Take advantage of the warm, dry weather while you can to get a head start on home maintenance tasks that will get your home prepared for the winter and ready to weather the storms.

You’ll thank yourself for taking action to avoid costly repairs in the middle of freezing conditions.

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Maire Shield
 

Maire Shield worked for 15 years as an interior design consultant in Albuquerque and is now retired after selling her business. She now shares her experience and knowledge through blogging to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves.