Make the necessary preparations to prepare for this winter.
Some homeowners become anxious whenever winter is approaching because it is the season that may the greatest damaging effect on their homes and health. However, rather than getting worried about it, homeowners can make necessary preparations to prevent any problems that they expect to accompany the winter season.
Roof and Chimney
- All the shingles should be checked to ensure they are not worn out. Worn out shingles should be replaced, particularly those that are already in danger of falling. A roof that is less than ten-years-old may still be in good shape unless it was damaged by a severe storm. However, a 15-year-old roof may require the services of a roofing contractor to ensure it is checked properly.
- The seals of chimneys, vents, skylights, and similar projections should be inspected to check if they are tight. Caulking should be done whenever necessary. Since debris may accumulate in the skylights, it will be necessary to clean it to prevent debris from blocking the guttering system.
- The chimney should undergo annual cleaning by a professional to prevent fires.
- Chimney caps with rain hoods and screen can stop water from damaging it. It also prevents birds and squirrels from getting into the house.
Trees and Gutters
- The trees surrounding the property should be checked to ensure that none of the limbs are extending into power lines. It is also necessary to ensure that none of the limbs appear to be at the verge of breaking as it can damage the house or car when a snow storm hits. The trees should be trimmed to prevent such damage.
- All downspouts and gutters should be cleaned to avoid ice build-up on the roof. When water flows freely, there will be a lesser chance of it freezing under the shingles or the roof. It is important to get a professional guttering company to carry out the job.
Sliding and Foundation
- Any spaces along the vents, doors, trim, and windows should be repaired or caulked. Sealing any leaks in the house allow homeowners to save around 20 percent in cooling and heating expenses.
- Debris found along the foundation of the house should be removed.
- Cracks along the foundation should be sealed since mice can get into holes as small as a dime.
- Check the sill plates for any signs of an invasion of pests and dry rot.
- Water spigots and garden hoses located outside the house should be drained.
- Any uncovered plumbing should be insulated.
- The water main should be located so that it can be easily shut off whenever necessary, particularly during emergencies.
Homeowners should take the preceding list of tips into account if they want to prevent any damage to their houses during winter. These tips will also safeguard the well-being of the residents of the home. Need to get the gutters ready for the winter season? Call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 to schedule an appointment for repair or maintenance.