With the holidays quickly approaching, many people are running around their houses, trying to get them ready so they can celebrate with family. Though this year might hold smaller celebrations, we still find ourselves preparing for the holiday season. Between making food, sweeping the floors, wiping down the counters, and much more, we keep ourselves busy during this time of year. In addition, we are also getting ready for winter. Many people switch out their summer clothes for winter ones, take out the warm blankets, and get their fireplaces ready for the cold weather.
These are all great ways to prepare for the holidays and winter, but what should we be doing to prepare our homes for the winter?
If you are like us, and you live in a part of the country where it gets very cold during the winter, these tips could definitely help you to get your home ready for the cold weather.
5 Tips for Preparing your House for the Winter:
- Have your roof inspected when the weather is still relatively nice. This allows you to be up to date with anything that might need fixing, and prevent expensive winter mishaps. Plus, winter roofing jobs tend to be more expensive at many companies. Getting your roof checked for possible leaks or damage is imperative to keeping it in good condition during bad weather.
- Cut extra long branches from trees, or have dead trees removed to prevent any damage from happening to your house during bad weather. If you have a tree very close to your house, it may be time to have it looked at, especially if you think there is a chance it might fall.
- In addition to having the roof checked, you should have your gutters cleaned, or you should clean them yourself. The reason this is important is because if the gutters get clogged, this can cause flooding. In addition, this could also cause the gutter to break. Clearing out the gutters is very important to prevent any mishaps from happening.
- If you have a chimney, have it inspected. Why? During the winter, chimneys are used the most often to make sure everything is in working order. Creosote (soot and oil that builds up over time in a fireplace) needs to be cleaned out. If it is left behind and too much of it appears, it can catch fire and be very dangerous.
- Make sure there are no minuscule gaps surrounding windows and doors. If there is even a tiny opening in a window frame, it can let in cold air, wasting good heat, and making it more likely that people in the house can get sick. What should you do if you find a gap? You can either fill it yourself with caulk, or call a professional to come fix it for you.
With these five tips, you can prevent a lot of unnecessary disasters from happening to you and your family. We are a company that focuses on construction and roofing, but our priority is your happiness and safety. We care about the customers that live in the houses that we renovate. We care about you.
Please take the time to do what you need to prepare your house for the winter, and to be safe. If at all you ever have any questions, concerns, or things you are uncertain about, please feel free to reach out to us.
Have a safe winter and happy holidays!
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