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Home Repairs to Get You Ready Before the Winter Comes

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.

HVAC Repair

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.

Railing Repairs

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. If you don’t know how to do simple electrical fixes, you can learn the basics of how to become an electrician. 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.

12 thoughts on “Home Repairs to Get You Ready Before the Winter Comes

  1. Quality content is the main driver for users to go see a site and that’s what this website is providing. Thank you for sharing such informative and valuable content!

  2. Thanks for telling me that hearing strange noises coming from my water heater immediately calls for repair service. We haven’t used it for the entire summer so we’re not sure if it has any problems. I’ll follow your advice and will check it this afternoon for any noise or leak.

  3. When buying outlets, light bulbs, switches or other parts of a home electrical system, read reviews online to see if they have any known issues. Check the product description for the quality of materials used in assembly.

  4. I totally agree when you said that it is best to call the experts when the heat is not sufficient enough for freezing days. With that in mind, I might look for a professional tomorrow because I have been feeling really cold these days. No matter how thick my blanket is, I still feel cold when I sleep at night. Our heater must need repairing as soon as possible.

  5. Thanks for pointing out that we must get tripping hazards fixed to prevent anyone from falling flat on their face. I hope to find a home repairer to get our driveway and sidewalk fixed. I just noticed that there are cracks that are bulging on some parts that could really be a safety hazard, especially I have kids.

  6. These are great tips you shared. I’ve found that keeping the HVAC maintained can save you and a lot of your house that depends on being climate controlled from being caught off guard.

    Here’s one more tip I’d throw in that I learned about the hard way this past winter. If you don’t clear the water out of your hoses, and they’re connected to the spigot, when the temperature goes below freezing, it can break the pipe connected to the spigot. You can especially get caught off guard when the temperature is moving between being warm enough to use the hose, the getting cold enough to freeze as we had happen several times in Tennessee this past winter.

  7. Winter is coming. That’s why I was searching for some tips on the internet. In your article, you share some tips which will be beneficial to me. Thanks for sharing your article.

  8. Repairing the roof and heater are for me the best part of the house that needs to be prioritized. Especially if winter would come, we may gonna need to repair those two to avoid getting struggle in winter.

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