Don’t want to be bothered by winter problems? Then don’t mind them at all by getting your house prepped up for the season!
Here are the tips which can help you enjoy a cup of warm coffee dressed in your favorite winter clothes during the cold season:
Order firewood ahead then store them at least 20 feet away from your house. Ants and mice can make their nests in woodpiles, so you better keep them properly. Still, you have to make sure they’re easily accessible from your home. Ordering ahead can remove the worry of not having enough firewood to keep you warm.
Clean the gutters.
Get your ladder and clean your gutters! If you can’t do this by yourself, then hire someone else. It’s essential to wait until the leaves have gone down, then do the cleaning once. Well, of course, this is no longer applicable if they’re already overflowing when it rains. Keeping the gutters clean can prevent them from getting clogged, which can lead to problems related to water in the basement.
Prevent pipes from freezing.
Some of us have probably experienced having trouble with plumbing during winter because the pipes can quickly get frozen in icy cold temperatures, causing water to freeze and the pipe to get clogged. A lot of expensive issues can emerge from frozen pipes including bursts, which can eventually lead to flooding. And flooding can cause water damage on floors, walls, and insulator.
So, what should you do to bypass these winter plumbing problems?
- Insulate apparent drafts.
- Allow a small drip of water to flow in the sink to keep pipes from freezing.
- Secure airlocks with heat tape.
- Drain your pool correctly if you have one.
Also, as a safety precaution, own a sump pump so that you can deal with flooding efficiently.
Seal up cracks or broken joints in steps, walkways, and stonework. Ensure that you have clear, shovel-friendly paths to all entrances and exits.
Contact a heating company.
Why? So they could inspect your boiler and furnace. Sign a contract with a respectable heating company now instead of contacting them once your boiler blows in the middle of a cold night.
Get a generator.
Lastly, if you don’t want to deal with dark and cold environments during winter because of superstorms, then you better get yourself an inverter generator. I said inverter generator because standard ones can be loud and that could irritate your neighbors. Inverter generators can be connected to increase output, and they are quieter than your vacuum cleaner. These generators are also fuel-efficient, which means you don’t have to spend a lot of money on fuel just to keep your body warm for the whole night.
Besides, inverter generators are portable—you can bring them anywhere easily. Some even come with a cart.
Winter doesn’t have to be a season filled with worries. As long as you’re prepared, you can sit down, relax, and even enjoy the cold season at the comfort of your home.