The winter time can bring a number of negative effects to your house and your bank account if you don’t prepare. Here, we’ll give you the most common winter DIY home improvement tips to make your home, to protect your family, home and even your wallet this chilling season.
Common Winter Home Improvement Tips
It is important to make sure that your downspouts and gutters are cleared of any clogs and other materials and debris that can make it less efficient. One way to protect them from clogging is to install shields. This helps you save time from having to clean the gutters more often
Using a screwdriver (the flat-head type), press the edges around your decks, doors, railings, and window to find gaps. If you find any, feel free to fill them with a high-quality outdoor grout.
The milder temperatures and drier air in the autumn provide an ideal opportunity to repaint the house and terrace.
Be sure to hire a reputable roofing firm to inspect damage to your roof. If the shingles are already in poor condition, they must be replaced. If the damage is large, you may have to replace your entire roof. This can be expensive, but it is very important before winter comes. First, you should check the rooftops. Water can enter your home through damaged flashing which leads to other problems.
To prevent bursting pipes this winter, turn off the water to the pipes which supply your hoses. Then turn the valves on your hoses until no water comes out so you can be sure that the cables are completely drained.
Staying Warm in The Winter
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it is important to make sure that it is cleaned and inspected thoroughly prior to use. Otherwise, the danger of chimney fires and a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide would be highly possible.
Locate all water pipes along the exterior walls of your home and wrap around heater bands on them. In addition to reducing your energy costs, it will also keep the water warm enough preventing it from freezing and bursting.
If you have central heating at home, change your filter and clean all its channels. You should hire an HVAC company to get your gas-powered heating system inspected and ensure that there are no issues in it which may put you at a serious risk. Many local gas companies will perform checks and inspections for free.
Boiler-heated heating systems must be checked to start by emptying the expansion tank, getting the water pressure checked and having the radiators emptied as well.
Check your attic and see that your insulation is in perfect condition. Make sure that it is installed with the vapor barrier facing down. If not, moisture accumulates and causes water damages.
Check The Windows And Doors
If the air humidity and the temperatures change, the seals can break your window around or cause it to recede. Inspect all your doors and Windows for air leaks and put a bead of sealant around their edges. It’s also the perfect time to install your storm Windows for extra protection from the cold. If your Windows are excessively leaking, you can solve it by installing plastic on them
Starting in the autumn, you can move your perennials or share your beds, and mulch. It is also a good time to pull up spent annuals. Annuals usually die when it gets cold, and your perennials seem to do the same. This only means that you have entered the plant version of hibernation and the roots alive. To continue to protect them, you should surround them with some mulch.
Ideally, the mulching of your perennial plant should start after the first hard frost, which occurs at 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not cover the plant’s crown otherwise, it will rot. Prior to storage, clean all lawn and garden tools. All sharp-edged metal tools should be sharpened as well and lightly oiled. Examine your trees for some dead branches and remove it. This will prevent them to fall on your House in high winds.
Large leaf collections should be raked and removed. Leaving it there will cause your beautiful green lush grass to turn yellow. A good solution is to work with mulching mowers to increase valuable mulch.
Autumn leaves should not be squandered. You can either compost it for the next use, or you can distribute them as free mulch on your flower beds. If they break down, they leave valuable nutrients to the soil.
In the autumn you should also aerate your lawn. This allows a better absorption of nutrients and water to the grassroots. It is strongly recommended before applying natural fertilizers.
When the autumn comes, you should plant cold-blooded grasses like rye and fescue. In this way, they have plenty of time to make roots before the ground freezes. Also, you should fertilize your lawn at this point. Fertilization helps your grass to store nutrients for the winter so that it looks better when the spring comes.
Attic Pest Control
The attic is often the first place where a pest problem begins. The insulation and the warm air make it an attractive nest square and offer access to the rest of your home. If your attic has some air vents, install screens on them to prevent the pest from entering.
Just because you have eliminated the entrance to the attic, that does not mean that pests can’t get in. It is important to look at other important places for signs of infestation. Check in your bathroom, basement, crawl space, cabinets and under the edge of your cabinets near the ground. Many pests are also behind or under gas ovens because they stay warm there.
Carbon Monoxide And Smoke Safety
Come fall, you should test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have not done so already, you should insert new batteries in it. These are an essential part of the equipment that every home should have. In the event of a fire or carbon monoxide, they can indicate trouble and save the lives of you and your family.
Carbon monoxide is a naturally occurring gas that has no smell or color. It is a by-product of combustion, and when inhaled too long, the consequences can be fatal. Fortunately, it is possible to buy a reliable carbon monoxide detector for just a few dollars. This is a minor cost compared to the value of your life.
When you install a carbon monoxide detector, it is important to do so in accordance with the instructions of the product. Make sure that you will find in all potential sources of carbon monoxide, such as close to fireplaces and stoves, space, and keep it in the bedroom.
Of course, every home and needs can be very different so closely paying attention to every detail of your home is important. Do you have other winter home improvement tips to share? Feel free to post them as comments below.