Every home requires regular maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean that you should run around trying to fix everything. The most important thing is to recognize priorities and decide what needs to be fixed immediately and what can wait.
Winter is almost upon us. Depending on where you live, you may expect snow. This is another important factor for your house. Ice and rain can cause numerous problems. On top of that, you will have to start heating soon enough.
With the following maintenance tips, you will be able to prioritize more effectively and prepare for the upcoming winter.
1. Winterize your pool
Your pool is the first thing that needs to be considered before the first snow. Pipes, hoses and everything else can be damaged due to the ice. This is why you have to prepare everything in advance. The pump, pipes, hoses, and skimmer need to be flushed and there should be no remaining water within them. If the water remains, it will turn to ice on below zero temperature leading to permanent damage. Besides flushing, you will need to clean your swimming pool, use chemicals, and remove all the equipment and store it. Finally, you will need to use a pool cover for further protection.
2. Fix your roof
Fixing your roof should definitely be done prior to winter. In fact, it is even better if you do everything during summer, before the first autumn rains. Shingles constantly get damaged. As such, they are a potential source of leaks. Not only will this allow water to penetrate your home, it may lead to structural damage. Check for discoloration on shingles. Even if you haven’t noticed any leaks, check the suspicious parts of your roof. Make sure that your gutters are also in good condition as they are the necessary vehicle that will transfer the water. Otherwise, water may start falling on your façade.
3. Pavement and wall holes
You can expect holes to appear in your walls and in the pavement in front of your house. They are the result of long term wear and tear caused by humidity. Similarly to other parts of your house, the problem arises when the winter comes. Water stuck in these holes will turn to ice. As a result, holes will widen even further. In the end, parts of your façade may fall off. To prevent this, make sure to patch up these holes during summer.
4. Check your isolation
The area around your windows is troublesome. This is where wall holes usually appear. Additionally, given that most of us still have wooden frames; high humidity will lead to rotting. As a home owner, this is something you mustn’t allow. Poor isolation will increase your heating bills. On top of that, you will never be able to heat your home as you could with intact walls and window frames.
5. Check your heating
Lastly, we need to turn our attention to heating. In the end, most of these maintenance procedures were performed so we would have a nice and cozy home during winter time. Your furnace needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Most of the energy is lost due to dust clogging. Every part of the furnace needs to be spotless – especially the filter. If you notice some other issues, make sure to call professional assistance. It is imperative that your furnace is up and running.
With these tips, you are well prepared for winter. Most of the things revolve around rain, snow and ice and protection against them. Believe it or not, your home is extremely susceptible to elements. Although you cannot do anything to change this fact, you will have to do everything in your power to prevent damage and fix damage that previously occurred.
About the Author: Nick Stoyanov is a copywriter and content strategist at forpumps.com.au – Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.