As summer becomes a distant memory and the harsh reality of winter begins to set in, what better time to think about the safety and health of your property. Each winter, our homes are exposed to the elements as they keep as warm and dry while being battered by wind, sleet, rain, and snow. Your home is the protective barrier between you and the extreme weather conditions, so it makes sense to take good care of it.
Checking your home for any potential damage or weak points is the key to the weather at arms-length this winter. Here are 4 simple tips to get your home ready for winter.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Keeping your gutters clear and free from any blockages is the key to ensuring proper drainage in the wettest and coldest months of the year. Gutters will naturally become clogged with dirt, leaves, and sticks as the weather gets a little wild this winter. While they may not be the first thing that you consider, clogged gutters can lead to serious leaks and even flooding when left unattended. Ensure that the spouts of the gutters are positioned away from the house to ensure that the water is not doing any damage to your property.
Get Your Roof Inspected
Having your roof inspected by a roof repair specialist is the smartest way to ensure you are not leaving yourself exposed this winter. Roof repairs are often a way of fixing a problem, rather than preventing one. Afterall, why change something if it isn’t broken, right? Well, not quite. Having your roof inspected and repaired by a professional ensures that you do not leave any part of your home exposed to the elements this winter. Having a roof inspection is a smart way to ensure you are patching any weak spots on your roof and making sure that they do not become something more serious.
Have Your Chimney Swept
No one has used a chimney sweep since Oliver Twist, right? Nope.
Getting a chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney is a smart way to keep your chimney in good working condition during the winter. The prevalence of chimney’s in new homes has certainly decreased with the increased use of central heating, however, for older home who still rely on a traditional fire to generate heat, it’s important that you take care of your chimney.
Trim Surrounding Bushes And Trees
Keeping the trees around your property pruned and trimmed may seem like an arduous task, however, it could save you thousands of dollars in roof repairs in the long run. Tree trimming ensures that the risk of electrical damage from trees during storms and bad weather is significantly decreased and that there is no chance that wayward branches will damage your property. The cost of having your trees trimmed ahead of winter will be significantly less than any potential repairs that a stray branch could cost you.
Don’t risk it this winter. Do your homework ahead of time to ensure that you are not left vulnerable to unexpected and costly repairs. These simple preventative tips could save you thousands of dollars in repairs in the long run.