With winter on its way and cooler temperatures already here, it is important that we make and check off a winter cleaning and improvement list for the home. If you act now and take care of any repairs, maintenance, and other things that need attention around the home, you can avoid costly repairs in the future as well as emergency repairs that may be needed on one of the coldest days of the year.
So, what should you include in this home improvement checklist? Read on below to find out.
Check Your Heating System
During fall, you should make sure to get your heating system checked out to ensure that everything is working properly. A technician will come in and inspect the equipment to make sure everything is clean, and no repairs are needed. They will also make sure that the heating system meets its manufacturer rated efficiency.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
This is something many homeowners overlook because it is such a simple trick that seldom gets thought about this time of year. Most ceiling fans come with a reverse switch. You can switch the fan so that the blades run in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. The fan then produces an updraft which will effectively push the warmer air down.
Check the Roof
The roof should also be regularly inspected. Check for any missing or damaged shingles because these are areas of the roof that may leak during winter storms. Also, check any flashing seals you may have around vent stacks and your chimney as well.
Clean the Gutters
The gutters are another often overlooked area of the home. When they go unchecked, it can lead to water back up to the house, a damaged roof, damaged siding and even water damage to the interior of the home as well.
Clear out the gutters, so there is no backup and make sure that the water is being diverted away from the home. To do this, you may need to add extensions to your downspouts. Make sure the water is running at least three feet away from the foundation of your home.
Turn Off Faucets
If you live in a cooler area, it is possible that water can begin to freeze in your pipes. When this happens, the pipes can break, and this can lead to some significant damage. Make sure all hoses are drained and turn off the shut off valve inside the home.
Have you taken care of a few of the things on this list a little too late? Maybe during a quick inspection of your home, you noticed some extensive water damage due to those backed-up gutters.
When you have any kind of water damage, it is essential that you immediately call in a restoration company to dry up the water and help to salvage whatever can be saved from further damage.
To avoid these issues in the future, make sure to make your own fall/winter home improvement checklist. For any water damage you currently have, call the professionals at ignitedCONTRACTOR today for more information on how they can help.