As the seasons change, so do your routines, your wardrobe, and even your menu. However, you may be relatively unaware that just as you need to adjust your wardrobe to match the season, your house needs to be redressed (as it were) for the season. Winter can be extremely hard on your home. From the cold temperatures, to the rain, snow, ice, and hard winds, any number of issues can arise if you do not prepare your home ahead of time. Know what you need to do to winterize your home, and you will be well on your way to having an incident-free, comfortable winter this year.
Clean Those Gutters
Fall can wreak havoc on your gutters. All of those gorgeous falling leaves can pile up and cause clogs. And along with clogs come overflowing gutters, mold and mildew, and possibly even roof damage.
So as the leaves fall, make sure you keep up on cleaning out those gutters. If you want, you can contact a roofing specialist to install gutter guards. These are mesh or plastic covers that still allow water to flow through the gutters, but keep larger debris out. This could cut down on your work to keep your gutters clean.
Before the first freeze, however, you will want to double check that your gutters are clear of debris even if you do have guards installed. Also inspect the gutters to ensure they are firmly attached to the house and that the drainage system is intact to keep runoff away from your foundation.
Turn Off Your Outdoor Faucets
Imagine an unseasonably warm winter day that you are anxious and amped up to enjoy. But instead you are greeted with a river of water pouring into your basement through the wall. This is the nightmare that could become a reality if you do not remember to shut of the water to outside plumbing fixtures in the winter.
If the water is still on, water in the pipes can and will freeze when the cold of winter hits. When water freezes, it expands which can cause your pipes to rupture and burst. So, do yourself and your plumber a favor, and make sure to turn off the water supply to those outdoor faucets well before the first freeze.
Have Your Roof Inspected
Finally, fall is the ideal time to schedule your annual roofing inspection. You do not want to have broken shingles or a leaky roof in the dead of winter. Roofing experts recommend having a professional take a look annually, so why not make it the time of year where the need is greatest.
If you do not, roofing problems in the winter can be dangerous and costly to deal with. Not to mention, the damage to other elements of your home can add up quickly as well. Just imagine what 5 inches of snow pouring through a hole in your roof could do.
Winter is the toughest time of year for your home. So, plan accordingly and make the necessary preparations to ensure that you and your home make it through the winter season unscathed and intact. For more help, contact a company like C J Plumbing & Heating to learn more.
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