Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Your home is your haven. It's the place you relax after a long day's work. It's where you gather together with friends and family and watch the game or have a BBQ. But as much as your house gives, it requires something in return. As a homeowner you have to keep up with home maintenance or your safe haven will slowly become unsafe. It's often overwhelming to think of all the things your home requires of you, but if you break it down to monthly, bi-monthly, and seasonal maintenance then it becomes a bit more do-able. Below are some helpful winter home maintenance tips to help you keep your home safe during the cold winter months ahead.

Get Rid of Icicles

They may look pretty, but they're a danger in more ways than one. The first and most obvious danger is that they can fall and cause damage to someone standing beneath them, but they're also heavier than they look and can cause damage to your roof or gutters. Then, when they melt, your foundation is in danger of water damage. It's best to simply clear them away as soon as you see them.

Check Your Windows and Doors for Leaks

During the wet and rainy days ahead you don't want to be out the extra time and money fixing water damage from rain that leaked into your home through windows and doors. Plus, you might not notice the water right away, and if it sinks into your flooring it could cause serious water damage and even lead to mold. So, check your windows and doors in order to find any leaks before they become a problem. If your windows and doors aren't in major disrepair and in need of a professional, use caulk to fix any gaps that are about the size of a nickel. This will help keep your warm air in and the icy wind out.

If You Have a Chimney, Get it Cleaned

It's good to clean your chimney out once per year. Animals and debris can build nests or get trapped within your chimney and cause you problems later on if it's not dealt with. Plus, lighting fires when your chimney isn't in tip-top shape isn't exactly safe. For your peace of mind get it checked before lighting a bunch of cozy fires this winter.

It's important that you keep your home well maintained so that small problems don't become large ones that drastically affect you later. Break your maintenance tasks up by season or month and tackle them whenever it's time. You'll be glad you did. For more maintenance tips and for any remodeling and construction needs you might have, please contact us. We look forward to serving you.