Winter is coming so be afraid be very afraid, and no, I am not talking about winter zombies or anything similar to that. What I am talking about is your home, the thing is during the winter months your home faces a number hazards. This means that you have to be prepared to keep these risks from happening, if you don’t you may have to spend a lot of your hard earned cash on expensive activities such hiring Roof Repair Direct to conduct roof maintenance, repair or even replacement and in extreme cases you may have to repair the damaged parts of your home.
Remember, hiring a contractor plus buying materials during the winter months is not an easy thing, so be prepared.
Start with the home’s exteriors
The first thing you have to do is add snow guards to the roof of your home, the snow guards will keep the ice or snow from avalanching and damaging property or causing bodily harm. The roof can be a dangerous place; therefore if you have no experience working on the roof you should hire a roof maintenance expert like RRD roof repair to help you install the snow guards.
The next thing is to make sure that your pipes are well insulated especially pipes that run on the outside of the home, this will keep the pipes from freezing. The drains and the gutters should also be cleaned or cleared of debris, if you don’t clear the debris your gutter will get damaged when the debris such as leaves block the melting ice, this will only mean one thing, costly roof maintenance. If you live up in the mountains you’ll want to reach out to RRD North Vancouver.
Energy efficiency is very important because it saves you money and keeps your home comfortable, look at it this way, during the winter months your heating system will be running constantly. To keep your energy bill low you will have to find ways to lower consumptions, the best way to do this is to:
- cover the big gaps around your doors and windows with weather stripping this will keep the cold air out
- insulate your ceilings to keep warm air from escaping
- change out your HVAC filters
- Inspect and insulate areas where cold air may come in such as crawl spaces and the attic.
When it comes to the kitchen you should start preparing early, because you don’t want to have repairs done during the winter months. Here are some kitchen renovations tips to help you prepare for winter. Start with the chimney, if your chimney is in poor condition you should get it fixed or replaced before winter. Remember a poorly maintained chimney is a fire hazard, so avoid the risk get the chimney fixed if you have one.
Another important thing is your fridge, during the winter months power outages are common. Therefore you must protect your food from power outages, to do this you should keep the refrigerator at 40 degrees and the freezer below 0 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the doors shut. This will keep the food from going bad.
Prepare for emergencies
You should install carbon monoxide detectors, repair roof leaks and make sure that you properly insulate the home. Another important thing is buy an alternative heat source such as a backup generator or a kerosene heater, the point is; don’t over rely on one thing.
Other must haves are:
- Camp stove
- First aid kit
- Heavy plastic sheeting
- Duct tape