Winter is a harsh season for many reasons. However, winter can be especially harsh on a home. If you have spent most of this chilly season enjoying your new home, you may not realize any potential damage that snow and frigid temperatures may be causing to your house this month. As you are making gradual home improvements and preparations for spring, consider these four easy steps for preventing winter weather damage to your home this season.
Check Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential tools for keeping you and your family safe in your home. However, these detectors need to be working properly to protect your family the way that they should. With this, it is essential to ensure that the batteries are working in each of your detectors, especially during chilly winter months when your heat is running.
Protect Entryways from Winter Damage
Entryways such as windows and doors are especially susceptible to damage caused by winter weather. Such damage may include cracks around windows and doors, water damage to wood floors in entryways, and cracks in pavement surrounding your garage or front door. For this reason, it is crucial to inspect each entryway for cracks that may need repair before spring.
Prevent Damage to Your HVAC System
The freeze and thaw process of winter weather can be especially harsh on your HVAC system throughout the chilliest months of the year. Prevent damage to your HVAC system by ensuring that it is clear of ice and snow so it can continue running properly. With this, it is especially important to be aware of potential rust build up and corrosion on your system, as leaks caused by melting ice and falling icicles can be particularly harmful to your unit.
Maintain Your Gutters and Landscape Throughout the Season
While winter may not be ideal for landscaping, there are a few aspects of your landscape that require attention during the season. Dead or broken tree limbs can be exceptionally harmful to your roof and gutters if they are left to fall on your house or fence. Simple maintenance, such as clearing your gutters, fence, and roof of tree branches can help to prevent damaging mold during late winter and early spring months.
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