Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe This Winter
With the last minutes of summer coming to an end, and the school year starting back up, it’s a very busy time. Lunches need to be packed, soccer practice, and carpooling are all now everyday additions to your work day! With that being said, during all the chaos, make sure you don’t let taking care of your home fall short of the wayside. With a few helpful tips, you’ll be able to easily follow these compiled techniques to keep your house safe and comfortable as the cold months approach!
1. Chimneys and Fireplaces
Chimneys and fireplaces are typically a forgotten amenity of the house until the first snowfall hits. Chestnuts roasting, hot cocoa and marshmallows are all family favorites. With the fall and winter months approaching, make sure to keep your fireplace clean and safe. By calling a chimney sweep, or self-inspecting, be on the lookout for "creosote" or even small animals that could be blocking your chimney and causing a hazard that could lead to a fire! With affordable chimney sweeps, safety is only a phone call away.
Depending on the home, windows can be a nuisance for homeowners constantly. In lieu of the winter months, be sure to catch the cold front ahead of the curve! Take a walk around your house, specifically by the windows, and feel for any breeze or drafts in the area. Bring a sticky note with you to mark any small holes, or draft areas on the windows to serve as a reminder to get the area fixed! Repairing these small holes will make a world of difference when winter rolls around.
3. Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers
Every five to six months, make sure to replace all of the batteries in your home detectors. Now would be a good time to have a sit down with your family, and discuss a fire route from the house in case of an emergency. It is important to be conscious of things that can happen in your home. Make sure to check the expiration dates as well on extinguishers and first aid kits to confirm everything is in tip-top shape.
4. Roof Inspections
Although roof inspections may seem a little excessive, it’s important to be aware of what a harsh winter can bring. It would be a good idea for you, or a roof inspector to go on your roof and check for damage, holes, or possible weak spots. Especially if you live in the Pennsylvania area, our past few winters haven’t been so kind! Don’t get caught after the fact, get your roof checked!
5. Indoor Piping
When it comes to piping in your home, the cold winter can be a scary thought. But winterizing your pipes can be a protective and easy measure. Any home repair store can happily provide you with fitted insulation that can wrap around any size and shape of pipe! If the wrapping is getting costly, make sure to hit the priority pipes- or the ones that are closest to outside. It’s also a great idea to shut off water in any area of the house that won’t be used.
6. Yard Cleaning
In the upcoming months, the leaves begin to change and the outdoors are beautiful! With that beauty on the horizon, don’t forget the precautions that come with fall yard maintenance. Try to keep your yard clean and raked to prevent any sewer blockages or backups caused by leaf overload. Leaves love to find their way into your drains, and especially gutters in the middle of fall. Be sure to disconnect all hoses, and outdoor water sources to prevent any freezing or breaking of your home goods! The cold can really do some serious damage.
Here at Miller’s we know how busy your upcoming months will be. Don’t let your busyness jeopardize the safety and protection of your house this fall. Follow our helpful hints to get you kickstarted into a fun fall and comfortable winter.
While you’re at it, check out our previous blog with tips for hiring a credible contractor!