Winter has arrived. With this comes colder temperatures, snow (Depending on where you live) and possibly being stuck indoors due to inclement weather a few days during the season. But, when you do your planning in advance, not only can you keep warm, but can avoid the potential disaster of water or snow damage, or other possible damage to your property, when you prepare and winterize your home in advance.
If you have a chimney, do this early. Some days you might go without heating or power, and you don’t want to freeze to death. With firewood, you can crank up the chimney, roast some marshmallows, and appreciate the cold weather (as opposed to suffer through it). This can also double up as cooking fuel if needed if power is ever lost.
Call your local plumber to winterize the pipes. They will ensure they don’t freeze over, that water damage doesn’t ensue, or that pipes won’t potentially burst with extremely cold temperatures. All of which are possibilities if proper steps aren’t taken, and temperatures get extremely low. A quick and simple fix, and one that can save you money and headaches in the long run.
Reverse your fans
After checking the heater, if you have ceiling fans, put them in reverse. This is supposed to help with warm air circulation in the home. So you can keep heating costs at bay, while keeping the home as comfortable as possible, no matter how cold it might get outside.
Check the roof
Shingles which are loose, damaged, or otherwise missing, can cause great damage if snow storms hit. Not only might water damage ensue indoors, but a cave in might also occur depending on the severity of the damage, or the number of shingles which are missing or damaged. Don’t take a chance and pray snow stays away, call a roofer and get it taken care of. If you are unsure whether your roof might be damaged then it might be best to contact a hire a roofer to come and have a look for you. They know what they are looking for and it is much safer asking a professional rather than doing it yourself.
Caulk windows and doors
Not only is it an insulation barrier, it can prevent water from seeping in with heavy snow storms. Even if you have energy efficient windows and doors in place, it won’t hurt to add a layer of caulk during the colder seasons of the month. Help to keep your energy bills down, and prevent those cold drafts from making their way in through the crevices in the home where they typically seep in through as well.
Of course you want to check doors, windows, and check your heating system a few months prior to the dead of the winter season. All of these things are easy and quick fixes; not only that, they can help in possibly avoiding a great deal of danger, if they are not taken care of when the winter season does arrive. Do not wait until the last minute. Make sure to call the right professionals and starting to winterize the home in advance. These are quick, easy, and affordable fixes, and will save you the many headaches (and high cost) once all the snow melts after the season is gone.