Preparing your home for potential mishaps is a surefire way to maintain its safety while saving you money. However, when it comes to guarding your house against what cold weather can bring, it’s all about sprucing up the tight ends to make the cooler seasons a bit more enjoyable.
Nothing quite says autumn like being able to relax into your home without the hassle of faultiness, which is why considering these tips will be most helpful so you can eventually fall back, relax, and welcome whatever weather conditions come your way.
Clearing Gutters and Downspouts
Clearing the gutters helps your home to maintain its structure and allows run-off so that water isn’t accumulating on your roof.
Additionally, downspouts redirect water away from your home, onto the ground, which helps to prevent precipitation from settling into the walls of your home, which can lead to mold, a breakdown in the foundation and other hazardous conditions.
Depending on your home’s location, size of labor, type of job, and kind of material used, prices may vary. You may opt to clean gutters yourself or have them done professionally. How often your gutters will require a cleaning depends on the type of trees you have around the home.
Clean Out the Fireplace
Your chimney needs cleaning every year. Not doing so will encourage a buildup of mineral deposits which could ignite, leading to a potentially volatile house fire. when you put your fireplace to use. It’s best to hire someone to do a chimney sweep who can assess how deep of a clean your fireplace needs and to make sure that it is structurally intact. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to clean and inspect a chimney or fireplace is $149 – $375 in Bristol.
Secure Your Faucets and Pipes
Leaving your garden hoses screwed into outside faucets can cause a backup of water to re-enter the pipelines in your home. Additionally, freezing temperatures could cause that water to turn to ice, causing burst pipes. If this occurs then the pipes within your home can become damaged, as well, and can lead to leaks within the walls of your home, as well as cracks and mold.
Turn off valves that lead to outdoor faucets as a means to guard against freezing temperatures that can block the waterways and damage your indoor piping system. Installing pipe insulation will also help protect your pipes from the cold and save on energy, as well.
Seal Off Your Home
Air leakage is inevitable and can be caused by a number of things from an uneven foundation to pressure changes within the house. Leaks can occur in the walls, ceilings, around lighting, within the chimney, windows, floors, and cabinets. Leakages can also inadvertently cost you tons of money, and may even lead to more damage if not taken care of right away.
Sealing your home is another energy saver that can keep the air conditions within your home at an optimal level, especially for those who suffer from allergies. Additionally, bugs and cold drafts can also come into your home when areas of tightness aren’t properly maintained.
However, with quality caulk to seal off the indoor or outdoor areas of your home, your home will remain much warmer.
By preparing your home for the cooler months, you’re ensuring a healthy home for yourself and your family.
Kick off the end of summer by considering these home maintenance tips.
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