Ensuring your home is safe and protected during the winter season should be a top priority. Allowing your home to remain neglected can lead to property damage, not to mention, can be hazardous for you, your family and guests. Here are 9 winter home maintenance tips to ensure your home is ready for the cold and icy season!
1. Shovel snow away from your home’s foundation
After a big snowfall, it’s important to shovel snow away from your home’s foundation. Allowing snow to settle and melt can lead to water pooling around your foundation, resulting in deterioration and hefty repairs.
2. Remove snow and ice from outside vents
Use a brush or shovel to remove snow and chip away at ice on all outside vents. Blocked vents can cause roof damage, as well as disrupt your heating and cooling systems. This can result in moisture problems and can even lead to mould or rot in the wooden structure of a home.
3. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
The risk of home fires increases in the winter season, due to things such as winter storms, candles and heating. Make sure to check the batteries in all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month, especially during the wintertime. It’s best to have smoke alarms in every room of your home, as well as hallways for ultimate safety.
4. Store away outdoor furniture that’s not weather-proof
If you have patio furniture that’s not weather resistant, make sure to store it away so it doesn’t get damaged. Keep it safe from the elements by covering it with a heavy tarp or bring it inside to the basement or shed if you have the room for it.
5. Be prepared for a winter storm
You don’t want to be ill prepared if a winter storm hits. Power outages are common in the winter months, so make sure you have a survival kit if you do lose power. Stock up on bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, blankets, first-aid supplies, batteries and a phone charger.
6. Protect home entryways
Pay extra attention to your entryways during the winter season. Snow, ice and mud can damage your entryway floors, so place mats on the inside and outside of the door, along with boot trays inside the entryway. Make sure your entryway or mudroom has a place to dry wet jackets, hats and mittens.
7. Check for air leaks
The last thing you want is air leaks in your home, skyrocketing your heating costs this winter. Check for air leaks around windows and doors, including cracks in the caulking or weather-stripping. If you do find any cracks, make sure to replace caulking and weather-stripping immediately.
8. Check outdoor handrails and stairs
Your home should be a safe place for family and visitors. Check that your outdoor steps are clear of any debris, ice or snow that could lead to people slipping. Repair concrete if necessary and check to make sure the handrail is sturdy and well anchored to help prevent falls.
9. Inspect outdoor lighting
Another way to make your home safer in the winter months is inspecting your outdoor lighting. Proper lighting will help prevent slips and falls on ice-covered walkways and driveways at night.
As the temperature drops and the snow starts falling, now is the time to make sure your home is prepared for winter with these maintenance tips!