Winter is Here! 5 Proven Winter Home Maintenance Tips Homeowners Should Consider in 2022

Winter is Here! 5 Proven Winter Home Maintenance Tips Homeowners Should Consider in 2022

Winters are harsh and cause unbelievable damage to your home. Discover the five proven tips homeowners should consider to protect their home from damages during the winter season.

Winters are harsh. From falling gutters to cracking foundations and chimneys to bursting pipes, the freezing temperatures can literally wreak havoc and cause serious damage to your house from the inside out. In fact, you’ll be shocked to know that 62% of homeowners who experienced property damage as a result of winter in 2019 found themselves still coping with the fallout a year later.

One in every five homeowners struggles with the consequences. Even a single winter storm holds the potential to cause over a billion dollars in damages. Folks residing in warmer regions don’t necessarily need to make a world full of winter preparations. However, if you reside in areas with freezing temperatures and consistent snowfall, it’s extremely important to shield your house – otherwise, you may end up having to spend thousands of dollars on repairs.
To help you avoid any complications, we’ve put together this blog post where we’ll be looking at the five proven winter home maintenance tips homeowners, especially first-timers, should consider in 2022. Without further ado, let’s dive straight into them.

5 Proven Winter Home Maintenance Tips 
Homeowners Should Consider in 2022

Following are the five points we’ll be discussing throughout the blog post:

  • Check Your Home’s Gutters & Drainage
  • Winter-Prepare Your Heating System
  • Test Your Sump Pump
  • Inspect Your Chimney & Fireplace
  • Insulate Pipes in the Unheated Areas

Check Your Gutters & Drainage

Clogged gutters are common during the winter season. And while cleaning the gutter isn’t something that you may be in favor of, it’ll obviously save you top dollars in the long run.

Clogged gutters can, at any given point in time, break and overflow - which may put a strain on your home’s roof. At the same time, during winter, they may get filled with ice, resulting in thawing damage. Worse – clogged gutters may result in water seeping down behind the siding of the home’s exterior, thereby resulting in serious damage to it.

Hence, it’s advisable to check your gutters and clean them to protect your home from long-lasting damage caused by melting snow as well as ice.
And once clean, look for any drainage issues. To identify drainage issues, we’d advise you to check your attic for mildew and the basement for water damage strains. Both are indicators that the home’s drainage system isn’t functioning smoothly.

Winterize/Prepare Your Heating System

Your home’s heating system will be of utmost importance during the winter season. After all, freezing temperatures in winters can affect both you and your home pipes. Ensuring that your home’s heating system is working perfectly will not only help you stay warm but also keep your pipes intact.

However, while winter-preparing your home’s heating system, identify which system you have installed – as different systems need to be treated differently. In the case of high-efficiency systems, you need to get the system’s PVC pipes cleared of obstructive debris and objects.

At the same time, make sure that you are cleaning your home’s boiler system and gas systems at fixed intervals.

Test Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps protect against floods, condensation buildup, and water from drains. Hence, as a homeowner, ensure that it’s functional and works as it’s supposed to. Or else – floods, condensation, and water from drains may result in foundation damage and a flooded basement – which is the last thing you may want.

Upon locating the pipe, look for any debris or dirt. Remove clogs if you find any. Additionally, you need to make sure that the water is being directed away from your home’s foundation efficiently.

In case you have a dual cord pump, make sure that both cords are unplugged. To learn whether it’s functional and working as expected, you’ll hear a humming sound upon plugging in the pump cord.

In case you have a single cord pump, it’s advisable to pour about 20 liters of water inside the pump pit - until the float rises. And upon turning on the pump, ensure that it’s functional and water is pumping out – as expected. When the water is removed, the pump will shut down. To protect your basement against moisture, consider investing in a water detector.

Inspect Your Chimney & Fireplace

During winters, it’s common for people to use the fireplace to warm themselves up. And if you do the same, it’s advisable to get your chimney cleaned before you use it with a chimney sweep. This will help you ensure safety.

Clean unburned pieces of wood as well as ash from the fireplace. Look for any cracks as well as debris in the chimney – ignoring this step may turn out to be extremely hazardous – which is why it’s extremely important for homeowners to inspect and clean their chimney and fireplace.

Insulate Pipes in the Unheated Areas

Not all pipes will be near the fireplace or chimney. Pipes in the unheated areas like near the doors or windows can freeze and burst during the winter season.
And if that happens, it will result in flooding as well as costly plumbing repairs – which you may want to definitely avoid.

Hence, it’s advisable to insulate pipes in unheated areas. Also, make sure that you are disconnecting garden hoses from the outdoor spigot, turning off the water (if possible), and covering the outdoor faucet with a freeze cap.

Protect Your Home from the Freezing Temperature Today!

As we mentioned before, winters are harsh. Here’s a picture representing how snow and ice can damage your house:

And while this one is quite common, it’s really important for homeowners to winter-proof their home to not only protect their home’s exterior but interior as well. Otherwise, you may end up having to spend thousands of dollars on repairs.
Don’t let the chilly season put a strain on your pocket. Protect your home against winter by applying the five tips we’ve shared in this blog post today!


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