With cold weather blowing in, it’s time to get ready for cold weather home maintenance. There’s plenty for homeowners to think about when it comes to keeping your home in good shape to withstand winter weather. A little preparation will help make sure your home stays warm and dry all season long.
Of course, home issues do arise that are bigger than DIY maintenance can handle. Issues with the roof and structure of your home deserve professional attention. That’s where Timberland Builders can help. We’re based in Eau Claire and Janesville, Wisconsin and tackle home and roof repair projects throughout the state and Northern Illinois. We’re known for our integrity and customer service and want to be your go-to source for contracting, construction and repairs.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
The gutters on your home are critical in the wintertime. They are designed to send water away from your home where it can’t cause damage, mold, and rot. Autumn is the season to make sure your gutters are free and clear of any debris. With trees dropping their leaves in the fall, it is also the season where most debris accumulate in gutters and blocks water’s path.
If your house is surrounded by trees you may find you have to clean your gutters a few times this season. While it may seem like a hassle, checking your gutters prevents ice dams and icicles from forming which can damage your roof and cause leaks and structural problems.
Clean Your Chimney
If your home has a wood stove or fireplace it is important to keep the chimney clean going into the cold season. Call a local chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney annually. Usage over a season can cause flammable creosote deposits to form on the sides of a chimney and pose a fire risk to your home.
While you are waiting for your chimney sweep to arrive, change the batteries and check the functioning of your home’s smoke alarms. Also check to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working. Thousands of home fires occur every winter, especially during the holiday season. Smoke alarms can save your home and your life.
Check Outdoor Pipes and Faucets
Never forget to attend to your outdoor pipes and water before winter comes. Water that is allowed to freeze while in plumbing expands as it solidifies and can easily cause your pipes to burst. If you have exposed pipes in your home, they will need to be protected from freezing. First, inspect all pipes for leaks and damage. Turn off your outdoor water supply before the temperature drops so outdoor spigots are not at risk of ice formation.
If you have water pipes that are exposed, especially any that are outdoors or in an uninsulated area of your home, they need to be protected from the winter temperatures. Sheath your pipes in foam for the season to help protect them. Pipes in uninsulated areas and any outdoor pipes should also get more serious insulation to protect them from harm.
You can also insulate some water heaters for better heat retention. Newer models may come assembled with an enclosed insulation layer, so be sure to check your owner’s manual when considering water heater insulation.
Maintain Your HVAC
The fall is a great time to do your annual maintenance on your HVAC system. Start by having a professional perform an inspection of your system. They will look for blockages and leaks, carbon monoxide, damage to ducts and other potential system problems.
Winter puts most HVAC systems into daily use, so change out all air filters before the cold season begins. Dirty filters block airflow and deliver worse air quality. They can also trap and circulate dust and allergens in your home. To make sure your heating is running optimally fresh filters will add efficiency and quality to your system.
Ready for another beautiful Wisconsin winter? We are! Timberland Builders loves Wisconsin, that’s why we take on custom contracting and remodeling work state wide and throughout Northern Illinois. Do you have an upcoming home project in mind? Big or small, we’d love to hear from you. At Timberland Builders, we deliver excellent work and exceptional customer care. Give us a call today!