Wintertime is not exactly the time you want to break out the tools and fix up your home, but some issues can’t wait till spring. Winter brings cold and snow and other storm hazards, all of which can wreak havoc on your home. So get to work on these 5 issues to ensure that your winter stays cozy and you’re ready for spring.
If your roof has a leak, don’t wait until spring to get the problem fixed. Dripping water is not just annoying, but moisture in your insulation can mold and that water can also cause wood damage—not to mention the damage water could do to your belongings. Damaged shingles make it easy for water to get inside, but you might not be able to see the damage from the ground.
A professional roofer can do a review of your roof and fix issues that would cause problems. An inspection will save you the cost of a roof replacement and the hassle of interior damage. To find a roofer near you, just look online. For example, if you live in Calgary, just type “Calgary roofers” into your favorite search engine.
Winter is a hard time for your pipes. Frozen pipes can crack or even burst, causing water damage that could have lasting effects. According to this State Farm Insurance video, a crack as small as one-eighth of an inch can leak as much as 250 gallons of water a day!
If you see a leak, make sure you turn off your water and assess the damage. The video demonstrates the proper way to shut off your water and insulate your pipes. Make sure you call a plumber to fix the damage and safeguard your pipes in the future. A plumber can also help you drain your pipes next year so freezing problems don’t happen to you again.
During cold winter months, we’re not the only ones looking for warm shelter. Mice and insects can find their way in your house through tiny spaces and bring disease into your home. Make sure you get rid of trash quickly and keep food covered so you don’t attract pests. This Old House recommends checking all your vulnerable spots to keep pests out. Watch for issues especially around doors and windows, roofs, and attic vents. Seal any cracks and holes you find and keep an eye out for mouse droppings. If you do see evidence of pests, call an exterminator or set some traps to keep the problems away.
If your doors and windows have spaces, cold air is leaking into your home. Not only is the cold air uncomfortable, but it’s also increasing the cost of your heating bill. Replacing the caulking around your windows can help keep the cold out and warm air in. Check the weather stripping around your doors and replace it if necessary. Adding to the insulation in your attic can also keep warm air from leaking out of your house. An energy audit can help you find where the heat is leaking out of your house.
If you keep an eye on your home maintenance issues, you can keep winter problems to a minimum so you can get back to your winter activities. Don’t wait for spring to start taking care of your home, or you may find that your repairs have gotten more expensive. If you keep your house kept up properly, it will keep you warm and dry in the cold months ahead.
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Michael David is a freelance journalist and blogger living in New York City. Michael loves writing about DIY projects, home improvement, and garden-related topics. Michael turns to United Roofing for answers to all his roofing questions.