No matter where you live in the United States, the temperature drops during the winter season. Before the cold weather hits, there are some things in and around your home that you should ensure are working properly. Here are four home inspections you'll want to do when preparing for winter:
Inspect Your Gutters and Downspouts
The gutters on the exterior of your home should be inspected and cleaned at least twice a year. When inspecting your gutters and downspouts make sure of the following:
- They are securely attached to your home
- There is no rusting
- There are no visible cracks or other indications of damage
Ensuring that your gutters and downspouts keep water off of the roof and away from your home is extremely important, because when your gutters and downspouts don't work properly, it could have disastrous consequences.
Inspect Your Roof
While you're checking out your downspouts and gutters, it's a great idea to inspect your roof as well. Here are some things to look for:
- Shingles that are buckling
- Missing shingles
- Masses of moss
By inspecting your roof at least once a year and doing the proper maintenance, you can save yourself from having roof problems during the cold winter months, when they are harder to deal with.
Inspect Your Windows and Doors
According to the Energy Information Administration, if you experience heat loss in your home, up to one-third of that heat gets lost through windows and doors. One way to prevent heat loss is to replace or repair any damaged windows or doors. To further protect your home from letting in drafts, you can also install caulking or weather stripping around each window and door. During your inspection, you'll also want to replace any screens that you have with storm doors and windows.
Inspect Your Heating System
Before turning on the furnace to keep your home warm during the cooler months, you'll want to get your heating system inspected. Two things you will definitely want to do during the inspection is to replace your filter and get your ducts clean. Doing these simple things will ensure that your furnace will last for the expected number of years, which is generally between 10 and 15 years.
Besides making these four types of inspections, be sure to have roofing and lumber supplies and the right tools and hardware on hand so that you'll be ready to do any necessary repairs throughout the winter season.
Contact a company like W. T. Fary Bros Lumber Co. for more information and assistance.