It’s not too late to do some winter home maintenance this season. Sometimes we don’t realize the importance of these tasks until freezing weather hits. Improve your home in winter so it can be more safe and comfortable while it’s cold outdoors.
Check Drainage for Winter Home Maintenance
Proper drainage around your house helps to keep your foundation safe, and it is especially important in winter. When water is deposited onto pathways, driveways, or other high-traffic areas, it can freeze and create slipping hazards. Make sure that gutters are clear and downspouts are depositing water away from the home and any pathways.
It’s best to detach garden hoses and wrap outdoor spigots with insulation before winter begins. However, some people still need to use a hose during winter. If you do, be sure to disconnect them and store them after each use. A frozen hose full of water can cause ice to back up into the pipe and damage the plumbing.
Stock Up on Ice Melt
If you haven’t already, stock up on ice melt. When you’re prepared ahead of a storm, you can salt your sidewalk, pathways, and driveway to make it easier to navigate your property once it has snowed. You’ll also avoid the rush to the local hardware store that many people make once they see the forecast.
Add Insulation for Winter Home Maintenance
Insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Insulation in areas like the attic, crawlspace, and basement is usually fairly accessible. Use protective gear and inspect the insulation. If it is missing or damaged in any areas, bolster it with more. This will help keep your home warmer and save on energy costs.
Seal Up Gaps
Gaps around doors and windows make your home drafty and cold. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to fix them with inexpensive materials. Use caulk and weatherstripping to make doors and windows airtight. You’ll notice a big difference in how warm your home feels.
St. James Home Services provides home inspections to homebuyers in Durham and the surrounding areas in North Carolina. Contact us to book an appointment.