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Home Maintenance Jobs You Need to do This Winter
by Guest on Mar 7, 2018
Winter is the perfect time to get some home maintenance jobs complete. Not only are you stuck inside because of bad weather, but this same bad weather could cause some problems within your home. By performing some regular maintenance, you can hopefully prevent bigger problems from arising, saving yourself some headaches down the line, along with some money. With that in mind, here are six home maintenance jobs you need to do this Winter.
Clean Out the Fireplace
For those homes with a fireplace, it is easy to forget to clean them out. The first thing you should check is the firebox where leftover ash collects. This box can fill up quickly if you make enough fires, and if you ignore it, you may find that the ash starts to overflow. Besides that, you’ll want to clean out the chimney. A clean chimney is not only safer, but helps to keep some of the heat from the fire from escaping, making for a more efficient fireplace. You can try to clean out a fireplace yourself, but if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, consider calling in a professional chimney sweep to have the job done right.
Get Rid of Junk
After the holidays, it’s easy to find that you have a lot of unnecessary junk around the home. Since you’re stuck inside anyway, now is a great time to go through it all and see what you no longer need. Go from room to room, and decide what you want to keep, and what you want to get rid of. Once you know what you’re removing, decide if you want to try to sell it, donate it to charity, or just throw it away. In the end, you’ll have a cleaner home, just in time for Spring.
Inspect the Roof and Gutters
During the Winter, the outside of your home takes a beating. Harsh winds, heavy snows, and icy rains are all common during the Winter, and your roof takes the brunt of this. Because of this, it is important that you occasionally check the roof for damage, and clean out the gutters. Doing so will ensure that you don’t get any unexpected leaks within your home, and that your roof’s drainage system continues to function properly. If you find damage to your roof, or a problem with your gutters, be sure to have it taken care of right away before the next major storm hits.
Protect Against Flooding
Speaking of the drainage system flooding is not uncommon during the Winter. As the snow and ice melt, the ground becomes oversaturated with water. If your home is not prepared, the water might start to seep in. This is particularly common in basements and crawlspaces, so check these spots first for signs of leaks. If you detect any - such as puddles or water spots in the ceiling - call in a professional to have it inspected sooner rather than later. Water can cause some serious damage if left ignored, so you don’t want to leave this problem unattended for too long.
Perform Furnace Maintenance
Winter is a lot tougher to handle if you don’t have a warm home to stay in. To make sure that your home continues to stay warm during the Winter, you need your furnace operating properly. Regular maintenance is key to this, so have this done if you haven’t in a while. Preventative furnace maintenance ensures your furnace operates at maximum efficiency, and makes it less likely that the furnace will break down - both of which can save you money in the long run. Not only that, but it will keep you warmer, and safer, throughout the Winter months, which is the ultimate goal.
Prepare for Emergencies
Finally, it’s important that you prep your home in case of an emergency. Power outages are common during the Winter months, so you should have a plan in case this happens. For instance, a backup generator can perform vital functions like running your furnace, your refrigerator, and sump pump until your power comes back. You should also check to make sure you have some emergency supplies handy, such as candles, non-perishable food, and some flashlights.
Use Your Winter Time Wisely
You have to spend time inside during the Winter, so you might as well use it to your advantage. By performing a few maintenance tasks throughout the season you ensure your home remains safe, the people within it stay warm, and can even save yourself some money in the long run. Hopefully, this list will get you started, and you’ll find your home a more efficient place this Winter.
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