Winter is fast approaching and the time to prepare your home for colder weather is disappearing. If you wait much longer, winter will be in full swing before you know it. If your house isn’t prepared for the winter season, repairs and maintenance could become more difficult and expensive. Now it’s time to take a moment and consider this pre-winter house checklist. Making a little effort now will keep your home safe and warm all winter long!
Item #1 – Check Your Roof
The roof of your home is a point of vulnerability during the winter. If neglected and left without maintenance your roof can allow heat out, costing money invaluable energy. Additionally, the weight of snow and ice, when it happens in Texas, can be dangerous to older roofs. All it takes is a quick check before winter sets in to make sure it is properly prepared. It’s important to note, for safety reasons, it’s best to rent a lift even for small projects on your roof, especially if cooler temperatures have arrived; surfaces could already be slippery with frost.
Item #2 – Gutter Check
Since you’re already checking your roof, be sure to clean out the gutters! Debris can weigh down the gutters and if they are clean before winter begins there will be a reduced chance of breakage. The cleaning process will be much easier the earlier you get it done!
Item #3 – Chimney Cleaning
Everyone loves to keep warm by the fire when it’s cold outside. If you neglect to inspect your chimney before the season of most usage, then you could be exposing yourself and your family to a greater risk of chimney fires and carbon monoxide intrusion.
Item #4 – Window Check
A thorough check of your home’s windows is the simplest way to save money this season! All it takes is making sure that drafty old windows are caulked to keep the warm air in. Pay special attention to any joints and wood strips put in to fill the space of removed siding. Again, the earlier you take care of this project the better because caulk usually needs mild and steady temperatures for a proper seal.
The Winter Checklist
Getting started earlier and checking your home for these few things can make sure your home is ready to weather the coming season. Texas winters can be brutal but put your mind at ease and just check these items.