As the first snowflakes begin to fall, it’s a reminder that winter has officially arrived. While the snowy scenery is beautiful, it also signals the need for homeowners to take proactive measures to protect their homes from the harsh elements.
At 10K Construction, we are committed to helping Minnesotans with all their home needs.
Here are 8 simple steps you can take to ensure your residence is ready to face the challenges this season brings.
- Check Windows and Doors for Drafts
Begin your winter home maintenance by checking your windows and doors for any drafts that might be allowing the chilly air to seep in. Consider applying weather stripping to seal any gaps or install new windows and doors designed for better insulation and energy efficiency.
- Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
Clearing your gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris is a crucial step in preventing ice dams from forming. Consider installing seamless gutters and/or gutter guards to minimize future maintenance and protect against clogs.
- Schedule A Heating System Inspection
Schedule a professional inspection of your heating system to ensure it’s in optimal working condition. This includes cleaning or replacing filters and inspecting and cleaning furnaces, fireplaces, or wood stoves. Taking these proactive measures will not only ensure efficiency, but also reduce the risk of fire hazards.
- Inspect Your Roof
A well-maintained roof prevents leaks and ice dams. Now is the time to inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles and promptly address any issues before the coldest months of winter arrive.
- Keep Your Pipes and Plumbing Warm
Frozen pipes can result in costly damages. Be sure to insulate exposed pipes in unheated areas and disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets. If you’re planning to be away for an extended period, make sure to leave your heat on to prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Get Your Chimney Swept
If your home has a chimney, ensure it’s clear of any obstructions and that the damper is working correctly. Before using your fireplace, schedule a professional chimney sweep to remove built-up creosote, reducing the risk of chimney fires.
- Check Your Home’s Exterior for Damage
Thoroughly inspect the exterior of your home for cracks or gaps in the foundation, siding, or caulking. Sealing these areas is crucial in preventing heat loss and keeping the moisture and cold air outside.
- Prepare Your Landscaping for the Cold
Walk around your property and trim any overhanging branches to prevent damage during snow or ice storms. If you have any perennial plants that need extra protection during the winter months, cover or mulch them before deep snow arrives.
At 10K Construction, we understand the unique needs of homeowners during the winter months.
Our team of experts is ready to assist you in preparing your home for the cold season ahead.
Contact us today to schedule a winter inspection and ensure your home’s roof, siding, windows, doors and gutters are ready to face whatever winter throws its way.