When cold weather arrives, homeowners are prepared to turn up the heat in their homes. However, getting the home ready for the chilly season is equally important. Following is a fall and winter home maintenance checklist each homeowner must follow.
- Servicing the Heating System — Before cranking up the heat, a technician should inspect the furnace and heat pump. This ensures the heating system operates at the recommended efficiency and carbon dioxide leaks are prevented.
- Reversing the Ceiling Fans — Since heat rises, turning the ceiling fans in reverse can help heat the rooms. This may enable homeowners to turn the thermostat down by one or two degrees and save energy.
- Cleaning the Gutters — Doing this job regularly helps prevent water from leaking into the home, causing damage. When temperatures drop below freezing point, having clean gutters helps prevent ice dams. Homeowners must also guarantee that gutters and downspouts are not damaged or worn.
- Diverting Water Away from the Home’s Foundation — While assessing the downspouts, property owners should also make sure the downspouts redirect water at least one meter away from the foundation. If that is not the case, it’s ideal to include extensions to downspouts.
- Preventing Ice Dams — Ice dams on the roof are an indication that the attic is not properly insulated. The loft has to be trendy to prevent snow on the roof from melting, which causes ice dams. The attic should also have sufficient venting.
- Inspecting the Roof — Homeowners should carefully fix missing, damaged, or loose shingles until it begins snowing to avoid leaks and water damage when the snow thaws. Here are more roof maintenance tips for the autumn.
- Sealing windows and Doors — Moisture and cold air can get inside walls throughout openings around windows, door frames, and where pipes enter the house. Thus, the openings which are bigger than the width of a nickel ought to be caulked up.
- Turning off Exterior Faucets and Sprinklers — The water in outside pipes can freeze and cause the pipes to burst because the ice in them expands. To prevent that, garden hoses should be discharged and exterior pipes should be drained. Additionally, exterior faucets can be replaced with freeze-proof taps.
- Draining the Sprinkler System — Buried irrigation lines can also freeze, resulting in burst pipes and damage to sprinkler heads. To best drain the sprinkler system, an irrigation tech should be hired to blow off the machine pipes with compressed air.
- Mulching Leaves — Instead of raking the leaves on the yard, they should be mulched. The resulting compost provides nourishment to the lawn. Also, when stowing the container for the winter, a stabilizer should be added to the fuel tank to protect the motor — in the event the tank still contains fuel.
- Inspecting the Fireplace — To guarantee the fireplace is in good repair throughout the cold season, the damper should open and close properly. The flue must be free of obstacles and the firebox should be undamaged and intact.
During the cold months, it’s also very important to be aware of heating safety concerns. Below are our home heating safety tips and electric heater security rules. The PuroClean team stands ready to give professional disaster restoration solutions to any property affected by fire, water, or mold damage, they also eliminate musty odours, check them out.