Checklist: Preparing Your Home for the Winter Season
Winter is on its way, so now is the time to inspect and service the systems that protect your home from cold temperatures and winter precipitation. This checklist will help you stay on track as you prepare for the cold and snow to come.
Clean and Repair Your Fireplace
If you used your fireplace last winter and are expecting to use it again this winter, now is the time to have it cleaned and inspected by a professional. A chimney repair company should clean any deposits of creosote that may have built up in your chimney and inspect the chimney for cracks in the lining and mortar. If your chimney inspector makes recommendations for repair, have those done before you start using the fireplace for the season.
Insulate Windows and Doors
Uninsulated windows and doors can raise your utility bills and cost you hundreds over time. Installing weather stripping is an easy way to prevent drafts from entering your home. Weather stripping materials are available for sale at home improvement centers. If your utility bills are always very high in winter, weather stripping may not be enough to keep your home warm and cozy all season long. Meet with a contractor to find out about replacing or repairing old doors and single-pane windows.
Inspect and Repair the Roof
Did your home have icicles last winter? This could be an indication of an ice dam. Ice dams can cause frozen water to back up underneath your shingles and enter your home through the sheathing on the roof. Fixing an ice dam is often done by improving your attic insulation and maintaining your gutters. If you had an ice damn last year, contact a contractor to take a look at your roof, inspect the attic for damage and make recommendations for repair.
Give Your Furnace a Tune-Up
You’ve probably already started using your furnace for the season. Hopefully it’s been running smoothly so far. If your furnace hasn’t yet been looked at by a professional, now is the time to get your annual tune-up. Also, don’t forget to replace your HVAC filter if you didn’t do that at the end of the summer.
Inspect Hot Water Heater
Check your hot water heater for any leaks and signs of corrosion or rust. Puddles of water and damage to the hot water tank should not be ignored, especially if you’re expecting house guests for the holidays. If the tank looks sound, you may still want to turn up the temperature on the unit if your heater had a hard time supplying your home with hot water last winter.
During your inspections and routine maintenance, you may notice parts of your home that need to be upgraded and improved. If you need a contractor, contact Litchfield Builders. We’re here to help you get ready for the long cold winter.