5 Steps to Winterize Your Home This Season
Winter is almost here and that means homeowners need to start thinking about prepping for the cold season ahead. If you are ready to start preparing for winter but you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. Below, we’ll share our easy, step-by-step winterization checklist to help you get ready for the chilly season ahead!
Preparing for winter can feel daunting but it’s really not. There are some tasks that need to be done to ensure your home is ready but they can all be done in one simple afternoon, leaving you feeling secure for the rest of the season.
Want to know what tasks you should be focusing on during winterization? Below are five of the most important:
Clean the gutters and downspouts
A big part of home winterization is cleaning your gutters and downspouts. You’ll want to remove any debris that is blocking them to allow for the extra water flow that snow inevitably brings. Spend time also checking for cracks or signs of water damage that could signal issues with heavy precipitation.
It may also be a good idea to install leaf guards and downspout extentions to keep leaves and debris out while also pushing water away from your house.
Check doors and windows
You should check all of the doors and windows in your home as well, searching for cracks or tiny entrance points that may bring water damage or unwelcome visitors during the colder months. If you find any spaces that cause concern, seal them off with weatherstripping around doors and caulking around windows.
If you have a basement, you might also want to consider covering your window wells to prevent basement flooding or water damage, as well as reinforcing them with plastic sheeting to keep the heat inside.
Prepare your heating system
With the cooler temps settling in soon, your heater is going to be working overtime to make sure the house stays nice and warm. Because of this, you should spend some time showing it some love. Replace the furnace filter and give the system a test run to make sure it’s running properly. If you’re concerned about your HVAC system, make sure to hire a professional to look it over and check for issues before it’s too late.
Examine your roof
Roofs, if installed correctly, should last for decades. However, bad weather can cause serious damage to shingles and chimneys if they aren’t checked annually. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get up on the roof and inspect all of the shingles to make sure there aren’t any missing or some that may cause water damage. Then, make sure your chimney is cleaned and clear to allow for proper ventilation.
Install smoke detectors
While most people don’t think of fires during the winter months, they can and do happen. Therefore, it’s important that you install new batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure to run tests on both as well, so you know they are working properly. It’s always a good idea to be prepared!
Ask us more
Do you have questions regarding the home winterization process? No problem! At Allied 24/7 Restoration, we are experts in all things mold, fire, smoke, and water damage. We know what happens to homes when they are not prepared for natural disasters and other incidents. That’s why we take great care in informing the community of preventative steps.
Don’t wait before it’s too late! Give us a call today, we can guide you through home winterization so that you’re fully prepared for the season ahead.