Don’t get left out in the cold this winter! Check out these great tip on how to prepare your home before the front sets in.
1. Winterize the hot water heater. Stay ahead of the cold weather and winterize your hot water heater pre-emptively. Before touching anything else, turn off the power and close off the water valve for your house. Drain the water heater and wrap up the pipes with insulation.
2. Install frost-free sillcock valves to prevent frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can cause major flooding in your home. Installing some frost-free sillcock valves, which are faucets that prevent the water inside from freezing, is a 35 dollar insurance policy against frozen pipes.
3. Repair the roof. Snow is beautiful, but it belongs outside. A leaky roof can result in costly interior damage, as well as the increased expense for utilities to keep your home warm and dry.
4. Get gutter guards. Autumn is a great time to put in some gutter guards that will stop leaves, branches and other types of outdoor debris from clogging the gutter flow. The dangers of clogs are exacerbated by cold weather, which can cause clogs to freeze and weigh gutters down, causing them to break or pull away from the building.
5. Replace windows. Properly-insulated windows are an investment that will keep your heating costs down and your home warmer for years to come. If your windows are 15 years old or more, it’s time to get those checked out. New windows may be an improvement worth making.
6. Fill in concrete. If your sidewalk is beginning to split, the fall is the perfect time to fill in the cracks. Salting your driveway in the winter is corrosive, so it’s important to keep up with maintenance to save yourself some money.
7. Paint interior rooms. Interior painting can be done any time of the year, but the fall is a great time to tackle a project that requires good ventilation.
8. Move in your summer equipment. Equipment that is immune to summer heat may not fare as well in the cold of winter. Store your grills, sprinklers, patio furniture, and other summer tools in a covered shed or garage until next year.
9. Insulate your home. Prevent cold drafts before the freezing temperatures set in. You can purchase various products to insulate your home from your local hardware or home improvement store.
10. Inspect your deck. Look for any cracked or splitting wood in the floor or railings of your deck. If anything looks broken, patch it up. The cold weather can cause wood to dry out and lead to worse damage.