Avoid A Potential Nightmare In Your Home
Any homeowner knows that winter always brings with it a number of problems and things to deal with – not to mention the inevitable rise in heating bills! It remains an excellent idea to prepare your home and the surrounding area for the colder months in the fall to ensure that nothing too bad occurs.
Keep An Eye On The Plumbing
Perhaps the most common problems to arise during the winter in poorly insulated or leaky older homes are issues with the plumbing, especially with the water within the pipes acting as water does when it’s heated, then cooled right down, then heated up again! It’s important to make sure that before the cold hits, any visible pipes within the house are covered using either insulation or heat tape. Also, on particularly cold nights it’s important to try and let the faucets drip a little bit to prevent them freezing up. Try to drain the pipes of any excess water before things cool down as well.
Look After The Roof
During the longer winter months, the roof of any house is likely to take a bit of abuse, with rain, hail and snow occurring at least once. Because of this, it’s important to carry out an inspection of the roof before the bad weather arrives, to make sure that there aren’t any missing or damaged shingles. If there are any issues, you can then get an expert in immediately to make sure that the problems are removed before the weather gets bad.
Ensure You Protect The Exterior
It’s crucial to ensure that the exterior elements of the home are protected as well as the interiors. The drainage systems are vital, as water can expand, freeze and eventually damage pipes during the cold weather. Make sure to carry out routine drain cleaning, so there are no blockages that could cause overflow problems. It’s also worth ensuring if you have any exterior features such as sprinklers and hoses, that they aren’t blocked up leading into the colder weeks. Give your decks and patios an extra seal if they haven’t had one recently, as you don’t want them to split.
Make Sure Your Thresholds Are Kept Secure
It’s vital if you’re in a colder climate that suffers from a lot of wind to make sure that all of your windows and doors are kept in optimum conditions. As well as ensuring that they don’t become damaged, it’s important to look out for any places where drafts could come through. Excess drafts will inevitably lead to an increase in energy costs as well, which isn’t what any homeowners wants.
Make Sure The Boiler Is Working Effectively
One of the most common items to suffer during winter is the furnace or boiler itself. It’s important to make sure that it’s used a few times during the summer so that it doesn’t freeze up. The last thing you want is to turn it on during that first really cold day, only to realize it doesn’t work and you’re stuck with no hot water! You may want to consider investing in having a professional install an Outdoor Reset Control on your existing gas or oil boiler. The reset control can save from 15%-30% in heating costs over the winter for a reasonable investment that will return to you year-after-year.
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