Six Vital Tips To Protect Your Home From Winter Nasties
To Protect Your Home
Don’t you think this winter weather is a nightmare?
I reckon it’s particularly rough on your precious home.
Therefore, I thought I’d share a few tips to help protect your home.
And at the same time avoid potentially costly problems during this nasty winter.
Now Christmas is over, I hope the following tips will help protect the exterior of your home during the terrible weather ahead, with perhaps worse to come…
Admittedly, if the nasty weather is already here in your location, some of these tips might not be so useful until the worst of it clears…
However, if the nasty stuff has yet to reach your particular location, then doing these things on the outside of your home will help protect your home from the worst of the potential problems.
1. Clean Out Your Gutters
You should make sure the gutters on your home are clear of leaves and crap. It gets especially bad after all the leaves fall from the trees, so make sure you wait until most of the leaves have fallen off.
If you don’t clear your gutters, then you’ll likely end up with standing water and when that freezes it causes expansion.
This wreaks havoc on everything from the lawn right down to the foundation of the house.
So don’t let this minor inexpensive task slip through the cracks or you’ll be dealing with even bigger cracks, possibly right in your home’s foundation.
Gutter guards might also be a good investment so you can avoid the ladder.
2. Inspect Your Roof
While you’re up that ladder, or better still a maintenance man…
Make sure there are no worn places or holes on your roof.
If you’re in an area that gets a lot of snow, the last thing you want is a roof collapse…
Make sure your roof is solid to help to prevent that from happening…
If you have loose tiles or shingles, make sure you sort them out now.
Check for gaps in the flashing area, where the roof and siding meet.
And also check for any damaged mortar around the chimney.
Call a professional and get any problems repaired ASAP.
3. Keep Your Trees and Branches Trimmed
Anything that is too close to power lines you should trim back, especially if it’s a dead branch. You don’t want your trees falling on your lines during the winter and leaving you without power.
If your neighbours have any over-hanging branches on to your property, best to have a word with them now…
4. Make Your Walkway Safe
When winter gets here it’s going to be hard enough to navigate slippery pathways without having to worry about the railing falling off or stepping in a large pot hole.
If you mend these problems now, then you will save yourself a much larger repair in the future with much larger cracks and pot holes.
5. Make Sure You Inspect Your Walls
Look for cracks or loose or crumbling mortar. Check the windowsills for cracks. These will only get worse if left untreated, so get it looked at as soon as possible.
6. Paint or Wash the Siding on Your House
Depending on what’s on your house, repainting is a great way to protect the wood on your home to keep it water-proof.
If you have siding on your house, then getting all of the muck and debris off the home will not only make it look beautiful, it is also good for the siding to be cleaned every so often.
Final Thoughts on Protecting Your Home Against Winter…
It is so important to do all of these things to your home before the start of winter. But like I said, if the nasty stuff is already upon you, I’m sorry I didn’t send this out earlier…
These tips will hopefully prevent potentially expensive repairs.
You also might be putting yourself at risk…
So make sure your home is ready for the harsh winter…
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