As the weather continues to drop, it is important to prepare your home. We have created an easy to follow checklist below to help you check off all the items.
Clean the gutters
Keeping your gutters clean by consistently cleaning them out can help aid in preventing damage. If you are in an area that will experience ice or where icicles are common, make sure your gutters are kept clean so they do not weigh down your gutters and potentially damage them.
Weatherproof your doors
Weatherproofing your doors not only helps keep your electricity bill low, but it also aids in keeping your house warm. One service you should consider in preparation for the colder weather is weatherstripping. With weatherstripping, any openings such as doors and windows are sealed and help prevent cold air from entering and keep your warm air from exiting your home. If you are unsure if this is a service you need, contact our team, and we will help you decide if this is a service you could benefit from.
Inspecting your fireplace is extremely important not only to ensure it is clean and working but ultimately for your health. A clogged fireplace can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Chimney Safety Institution of America, around 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide-related “injuries” are reported each year. Having an annual chimney inspection is one way to help prevent incidents. Make sure you prioritize you and your family’s health this year and book your chimney/fireplace inspection as soon as possible.
Clean your dryer hose
Cleaning your dryer hose is something many families overlook, but it is necessary to make sure lint isn’t clogged in the hose. Lint is highly flammable, and with the heater being on, your house may become warmer and more apt for incidents. To prevent fires related to your dryer hose, make sure you are cleaning the lint filter after each load, emptying your dryer hose, and checking your vent and exhaust. The National Fire Protection Association also provides consumers tips that can help prevent fires.
Get your roof inspected
If you have not had your roof inspected for the year, we highly recommend getting a professional out on your roof to check for any damage. Expert roofers can spot any damage that you might miss. If you choose to go with our GAF Elite Certified Roofers, we will make sure to check for any damaged shingles that could allow for leaks caused by storms. Our team at Classic Construction offers free quotes that could save you from future repairs that a damaged roof can cause.
Test your heating system
Perhaps one of the most critical items on our list is testing your heating system. You want to check that your system is running efficiently before the temperature goes down. One service that you can choose to purchase is a heating system inspection. A technician will test your heating system, make sure it is working to its fullest potential, and ensure no carbon monoxide leaks.
By taking care of these items sooner rather than later, you can fix the items and minimize the chances of waiting hours or days for these services during peak wintertime. Lastly, when you’ve completed your checklist, make sure you get out your cozy blanket and rest up. Know that our team has you covered, and you can contact us with any questions.