The temperatures have dropped, the day quickly turns to night, and the leaves are starting to change. Fall is here and it won’t be long before the winter rears its ugly head. For homeowners, the change of seasons should mean one thing – home repairs. The extreme cold, high winds, and frequent precipitation of winter can wreak havoc on your house leaving you with a big mess. To prevent this from happening to you, it’s best to be prepared. Here are some home repairs you want to complete before winter.
Your HVAC system keeps your home nice and cozy in the wintertime. That is if you’ve kept up with routine maintenance and repairs. There is nothing worse than having your heating system breakdown on you in the dead of winter. Or worse, having your plumbing freeze because you don’t have efficient heat when the temperatures drop below freezing. Now is the time to contact an HVAC contractor to assess your system and make any necessary maintenance or repairs.
Water Heater Repair
Ever take a freezing cold shower in the winter? That’s exactly what can happen if you haven’t tended to your water heater. Head to the basement or wherever your water heater is located. If you hear any strange noises, notice signs of a leak, or any other common water heater problems, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair before the colder weather comes.
Roof and Gutter Repairs
The heavy weight from the snow and ice during the winter can lead to serious roof problems, leaks, structural issues, and water damage. You also want to ensure that the rainwaters have a clear path away from your home to prevent foundation trouble. Before it gets much colder, grab a ladder and take a look at your roof and gutter system. If you notice a bunch of debris in the gutters, missing shingles, holes, cracks, or other roof and gutter damage, contact a roofer for repairs right away.
Sidewalk and Driveway Repairs
During the winter, the cold temperatures and precipitation can cause a serious accident – especially if you have damaged sidewalks or driveways. This tripping hazard gets covered up and before you know it, you or someone you care about falls flat on their face. If you’re good at laying down concrete or blacktop, then you can tackle this home repair yourself. If not, hire a contractor before the temperatures drop.
Another accident waiting to happen in the winter is broken railings on the front porch. As you’re approaching your home, you often use these railings for support. This is also true if you’re on the verge of falling and trying to catch your balance. A loose screw or broken railing could lead to a nasty fall. So, give your railings a quick inspection by shaking them a bit. Tighten any loose screws or replace any rotting wood.
Outdoor Lighting Repairs
With daylight savings time just around the corner, you want to make sure that the exterior of your home is properly lit. If you have floodlights or landscape lights around your home, be sure to check that they still work efficiently. If bulbs need to be replaced, that’s a simple fix. However, if there are electrical problems you’ll want to hire an electrician to resolve the problem.
Door and Window Repair
An efficient home keeps everyone warm and cozy during the winter. It also helps to keep the cost of energy bills down. Part of what makes a home efficient are the windows and doors which help to keep the cold air out and heat in. Over time, however, they lose their efficiency or become damaged. Do an inspection of all exterior doors and windows in the home to check for cracks, holes, gaps, or other issues that may need to be resolved. If you don’t have the money to fix it, at the very least, use plastic window kits and weatherstripping for the doors to improve the efficiency.
You may not be interested in completing these home repairs, but neglecting to tend to them before the weather breaks could prove disastrous. It could cost you more money, put someone in harm’s way, and make everyday tasks like cooking or getting clean a lot more challenging. Do yourself and your family a favor and complete the above-mentioned home repairs before winter or hire an expert to do it for you.