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Before the cold weather of the winter season arrives, there are a few things that you want to do to the home to ensure that the pipes don’t freeze and that you have heat. You want to get these tasks out of the way when it’s warm because it’s comfortable outside and because the cold weather could only exacerbate the issue. If there are any issues that arise that can’t be handled on your own, it’s best to get a professional to help so that more damage doesn’t occur.
Check The Heat
One of the first things that you need to check to see that is working properly is the heating system. There’s nothing like getting up on a cold day to discover that the house is cold as well. Check the filters, the thermostat and other components to ensure that the unit will keep the home warm. Don’t wait until later to get the unit serviced because heating and cooling companies will be busy just after the winter season starts and in the few weeks before.
Up On The Roof
After severe storms in the spring and summer, you need to check the roof to see if there are any leaks or damages that have occurred to the shingles or gutters. A professional roofing company, like Stevens Roofing Corporation, has the tools to check for leaks without damaging the structure. The company also has the proper tools to patch an area or to replace the roof if there is significant damage done. While on the roof, you can check the gutters to see if there is any debris that would be blocking the flow of water or if there is any damage to the gutters that would cause them to fall. Along with examining the roof, you can look at the windows to see if there are any cracks that would let cold air into the house.
The plumbing can be an issue in the winter as the pipes can freeze and burst. Wrap the pipes with foam so that they are properly insulated. You can also wrap them with a heavy cloth as long as you get it tight enough to keep the pipes from freezing. Not only should you wrap the pipes under the home, but you should wrap those that are under the sinks as well.
The winter season can be beautiful, but there are a few things that you need to check around the house so that it’s maintained. Don’t wait until the last minute to call a professional company because they will likely be busy with other homes that need to be prepared. If you maintain the home through the year, then it’s easier to keep everything updated instead of doing everything at one time.