After a beautiful summer, fall has arrived, and colder weather is right around the corner. The smell of pumpkin spice and fireplaces are here. Is your home prepared for the upcoming winter? Disaster Cleanup Services wants you to have a disaster-free winter and below we have a few things to check to ensure your winter is pleasant and that your home is ready!
The interior of your home is protected from the elements, but there are a few things you will want to check before winter arrives. These simple checks could save you thousands of dollars in damages.
Basements are probably the most overlooked area because the basement is the least visited area of your home. However, basements are one of the main areas that have frequent water damages. By checking your basement each season, you get the upper hand on any leaks you may have. It is also essential to check for any holes that could have been caused by rodents or other animals of nuisance.
Attics can incur a lot of damages. It is the closest place to your roof. Water leaks are common in attics and can cause major damages if not found quickly. It is also important to ensure your insulation is intact and that no holes are visible. This could cause water, snow, and animals to creep into your home.
Windows and Doors
If your windows and doors are damaged and not sealed correctly, it can cause rain, snow, and even critters to enter your home. If not properly sealed, your home will also be colder and make your electric bill skyrocket.
Before starting up your furnace for the cold months ahead, it is crucial to have it serviced by a licensed professional. If not properly cared for, your furnace can catch fire or cause frozen pipes, if it stops working. To avoid these problems, have your furnace checked each year.
The exterior of your home is the most crucial place to check before Winter. Your home’s exterior carries the brunt of the elements for your home.
Your roof handles much of the ice and snow. Ice dams can cause major roof damages and even water to seep into your home. If your roof is missing shingles, it could cause leaks in your attic. You should check your roof, gutters, and drains to ensure your roof is in good shape.
Exposed pipes can cause you major headaches during the Winter. A frozen pipe can cost you a lot in water damages. Check any exposed pipes to ensure they are properly winterized. This is usually achieved through proper insulation.
If you have tree limbs dangling over your home, it is important to have a professional check them. Snow and ice are heavy and can cause weak limbs to break. These limbs could cause damage to your roof, which could result in major interior flooding and other disasters. For more ideas check out some additional ways to winterize your home.