Many parts of the country are knee-deep in winter weather, and for homeowners, that can mean a last-minute scramble to get their homes ready for freezing temperatures. Preventative maintenance and inspections are critical, particularly in excessively cold or wet climates. Small home improvement concerns can become urgent matters once the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures set in, so be sure to add these four items to your winter maintenance checklist.
Check Your Gutter System
Your gutter system should be clear and functional before winter storms begin in earnest. Work with a professional to ensure that all of the channels are clear of debris, any leaks are addressed, and your system’s downspouts are pointed away from your home’s foundation. A well-maintained gutter system helps ensure that water does not accumulate around the base of your home, and clear channels minimize the risk of ice dams forming and damaging your roof.
Have an Electrician Inspect Your Electrical System
If you live in a cold or remote area, this item is particularly important. Ensure that your electrical system is up to the task of heating and illuminating your home by enlisting the help of a qualified electrician. Your electrician can perform routine maintenance tasks like checking the main service panel, inspecting your home’s circuit breaker, and testing power flow to essential outlets and areas. If you have any existing electrical maintenance concerns, now is the time to address them.
Test Your Sump Pump and Backup Appliances
Should storms come your way, a sump pump might be the only thing standing between you and a flooded basement. Test your sump pump ahead of any winter storms, and make sure that your sump pit is as it should be. If you have a backup sump pump, generator, or other emergency supplies that you may need in the event of a storm, it is a good idea to check those as well.
Wrap Up Any Weatherproofing or Plumbing Home Improvement Projects
If you have any half-finished projects, now is the time to finish them. This is especially true if your home improvement projects are related to weatherproofing, plumbing, or electricity. Ensure that any roofing, insulation, or window work is done ahead of the season’s severe weather, and be sure to wrap up winterization for your irrigation and plumbing systems.
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