When winter is coming, our minds typically fill with thoughts of the holidays and guests. Planning meals and decorations can be overwhelming, but it’s crucial for homeowners to ensure that their homes are well-prepared for the winter season weather as well. By conducting last-minute inspections and taking proactive measures, homeowners can protect their properties from the harsh conditions that winter brings and prevent issues in the spring.
Here is a comprehensive guide to assist homeowners in performing these important winter exterior inspections and preparations, ensuring their homes stay warm, safe, and well-maintained for holiday guests.
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Inspect the Roof
The roof is the first line of defense against winter weather, so it is important to check it for any signs of damage or wear. In the North, snow can often be a heavy burden for your roof, and any vulnerabilities can turn into serious problems. Don’t forget to remove any debris from your roof and look for missing or damaged shingles, cracks, or leaks. Discoloration can be signs of bigger issues as well. Schedule necessary repairs or hire a professional roofer to ensure the integrity of your roof.
If you have a chimney, you should have it inspected and cleaned by a professional before lighting the first fire of the season. Creosote buildup can lead to chimney fires, posing a serious threat to your home and family’s safety.
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Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Clogged gutters can cause water to back up, leading to potential water damage during winter storms. Signs of clogged gutters include water pouring over the roof instead of following its intended diversion toward downspouts. This can cause pooling near the foundation of the home.
Clean out the gutters from any leaves, debris, or blockages, and make sure the downspouts are directing water away from the foundation.
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Seal Windows and Doors
Inspect windows and doors for any gaps or cracks, as they can let cold air in and warm air out, resulting in increased energy bills. Apply weatherstripping or caulking to seal any openings. Additionally, consider using window insulation film to provide an extra barrier against the cold.
If you notice condensation in the panes of your window, that’s a sign that you’ll need the window seal repaired or consider replacement.
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Take Care of Landscaping
Inspect trees and shrubs around your home, especially those in close proximity to power lines or your roof. Heavy snow and ice accumulation can cause branches to break and potentially damage your property. Trim branches that pose a risk of falling during winter storms.
You can also take this time to test all outdoor lights, including pathway lights, motion-sensor lights, and porch lights.
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Prepare for Winter With a Professional
By conducting these last-minute home exterior inspections and taking proactive measures, homeowners can ensure their properties are well-prepared for winter. Stay warm, safe, and worry-free throughout the winter season by investing time and effort in maintaining your home’s exterior.
If you have any questions or concerns about your homes exterior, don’t hesitate to contact Advance Inc. for an in-home consultation.