So, it’ actually starting to get cold now. Not just a little cool and above freezing but really stinking cold.
All fall the weather has been toying with freezing temperatures and now they’re almost here and you’ve put off getting your house ready as long as possible and now it’s time to act or suffer the consequences!
Here is a short list of easy things you can do now:
- Hoses. Admit it, you probably have a hose lying around outside that is either still connected to the faucet or maybe just lying in the flower bed. If it’s connected and you do nothing else, go now and unscrew it from the faucet. Leaving it connected during freezing temperatures prevents the natural design of “Freeze Proof” faucets from working because they may not be able to drain. If they don’t drain, then there’s a chance that it will crack your fixture and possibly even leak into your basement and cause major damage. Go do it now!
- Gutters. Maybe the least appreciated part of your house, one that is easy to put off yet can cause the most devastating damage. Clogged or non-functioning gutters can cause a multitude of problems. In winter, clogged gutters can cause a backup of water and create an ice dam that pushes water up under your shingles. If this water gets into your walls and ceilings, it can cause rot, mold, and other big problems. This also causes water to be dumped nearly directly into your foundation in the spring and could cause basement flooding. So, once you disconnect the hose, get the ladder out and clean the gutters. You’ll be glad you did.
- Windows & Doors. Over time, the seals around your windows, doors, and overhead garage doors wear. When they wear, they cause your doors and windows not to work properly and they can let in drafts or even just small leaks that can majorly affect your energy bill. The wear and tear is normal and the seals are usually designed to be replaced. Take a few minutes and inspect your doors and windows for damaged or missing seals. When you find a worn out seal, you can almost always purchase the part online inexpensively and find a You Tube video to teach you how to fix. If you’re not into fixing, a handyman can be a good second choice. Either way, you’ll save money and be more comfortable in the long run.
Much like changing the oil in your car makes it run better and last longer, paying attention to your house and repairing problems when they are small can pay off in a big way. Better hurry!