Preparing Your Home for Winter Hazards

The winter is harsh on people, cars, and even homes. Colder temps mixed with falling snow and ice can spell disaster in a variety of ways. The best way to make it through the winter is to prepare and that includes your home! You depend on your home to keep you safe and warm all winter long, so doing a little bit of prep is definitely worth it.

Inspect the HVAC System

It’s a good idea to have your HVAC system professionally inspected each year before winter. The last thing you want is to turn your heat on, only to find out there’s something wrong with the HVAC system. Routine inspections allow you to catch any damages or areas that need repair and fix them accordingly before the entire system won’t work or needs replaced.

Seal Your Home

Take a stroll outside and look for areas where your home isn’t properly sealed. Look at windows, doors, your chimney, and even the attic for signs of holes or areas of weakness. Those holes and weak spots will let cold air in, but they could also be the entryway for unwanted pests and rodents all winter long!

Clean the Gutters

Use a ladder to get up and remove any debris from your gutters. Once the debris is gone, flush the gutter with a hose to look for any leaks or blockages. Clogged gutters during the winter leads to heavy ice hanging down, possibly causing some serious damage to your roof or gutter.

Drain Outdoor Faucets

Turn off any sprinklers or other outdoor water systems you have and drain them. If there’s still water inside the system as the temperatures drop, they’re likely to freeze from the pressure. You should also disconnect your hose and drain the outdoor faucets one last time. If possible, shut off the water to your outdoor area all together.

Clean the Chimney

A clean chimney will work more effectively and reduce your risk of a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Hire a chimney sweep to come clear out any built-up debris and suet from inside the chimney. You can also purchase chimney cleaning logs to burn once a month throughout the winter to lower the amount of build up inside.

Professional Water Damage & Restoration Services in Massachusetts & New Hampshire

If you suspect you have mold in your home or just want to give your living space a quick check-up, be sure to contact AAA Flood Drying. We have helped restore and repair residences in Massachusetts & New Hampshire for over 20 years. For emergency service, consultations or advice on any form of water damage call Clay today at 978-392-1895 or fill out a contact form!