Winter Is Coming: 5 Home Repairs East Coast Residents Need to Tackle This Season
Don’t Wait to Do Your Pre-Winter Home Repairs – Start Now!
Although it took nearly seven seasons for winter to finally arrive on HBO’s The Game of Thrones; in real life, winter comes on quick, often before you’re even prepared for it. That’s why if you live on the east coast of the United States, you don’t want to put off getting your home ready for the winter season.
Here are five home repairs you’re going to want to start tackling now so by the time true winter arrives, you can sit back and relax.
Chances are pretty good you’re going to be relying on your furnace to keep your home warm this winter, so the last thing you want is to have it break down on the coldest night of the year. Before you really have to start using it on a daily basis, have it inspected by your HVAC technician. You should also replace the air filter because it’s probably dirty from running your air conditioning through the summer.
If you still have an old-fashioned dial thermostat on your wall, then this year it’s time you upgraded to a programmable thermostat. By scheduling the thermostat, your furnace won’t be kicking on and off all day long, which will help protect your furnace and lower your energy bills.
Insulate Your Doors and Windows
Check around your windows and entry door for any gaps in insulation or caulking. Your home will lose a lot of warm air in the winter if your windows and doors aren’t sealed properly. If you find gaps or areas where the insulation or caulk has worn away, make sure you fill them up by applying fresh caulk or new insulation.
Insulate Any Exposed Plumbing
During bitter cold winters, a home’s plumbing might start making strange noises. This is something you don’t want to hear because it means the cold weather is causing strain on your plumbing system. Even worse, if you have exposed plumbing pipes in a part of your home that’s not insulated, such as in a crawlspace or unfinished basement, the cold can cause your pipes to freeze and eventually burst.
To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, start by wrapping pipe insulation over the exposed pipes in your home. If your water heater is located in an uninsulated basement, then you will also want to wrap it with a specially designed insulated “coat” that you can get from your local hardware store.
Clean the Fireplace and Chimney
A fireplace is not only warm and inviting on a cold, snowy day, but it can also help keep your energy costs lower. In order for you to enjoy the benefits of your fireplace without the safety risks, you need to make sure it’s in tip-top shape.
This means cleaning out your fireplace and chimney to remove all of the built-up creosote. If you’re unable to do this on your own or you’re unsure how, then hire a professional chimney cleaning company to do it. Either way, it needs to be done before you use your fireplace this winter.
Inspect and Repair the Roof This Winter
Many parts of the east coast gets hammered by storms during the summer season. So, before winter shows up, get up on the roof and inspect it for any damage or suspicious areas. You’ll be cleaning leaves out of the gutter anyway, so while you’re up there, take the time to do it. Make any repairs that are necessary and your roof will be better able to handle the demand snow, ice, and wind will put on it.
These five home repairs are essential if you want to have a comfortable and worry-free winter. Although nothing can guarantee that something won’t break or wear down, getting ahead of the game by tackling some of the “usual suspects” will prove to be beneficial to you and your family.