If you’re short on time but want to keep your home in top condition before winter approaches, try these five quick fix ups for your home.
Block Up Any Gaps – Heating your home is costly and it’ll cost you even more if your home is plagued with air leaks. For this reason, it’s essential to inspect you’re the caulking and seals around your windows and to replace any old weather stripping around your doors. This will prevent any drafts from blowing in and preventing your central heating system from effectively warming up your home.
Repair Your Roof – Autumn is the best time to check your roof over for leaks. If you find a leak, don’t wait until next year to repair it. If the repair is minor, you may not need to call in the professionals. However, if the leak is situated at a ridge, valley or underneath your roofing, it’s wise to leave it to the experts.
Add More Insulation – Make the trip up into your attic and look at its insulation level. If your current level of insulation is below your floor joints, add more insulation. It’s not necessary to install the same type of insulation that’s already in your attic. Once you’ve restored your insulation, you’ll find that your house stays warmer in the winter.
Clear the Gutters – Every year, your gutters divert thousands of gallons of water away from your home. To ensure that water flows freely through your gutters, inspect and clean out your external drainage system. Where possible, protect your gutters by installing mesh guards. You can install mesh guards yourself or you can hire a professional to do the job on your behalf.
Lag Your Pipes – You should take the time to lag any external pipes before winter truly sets in. If you fail to do so, your pipes could be at risk of bursting or cracking in the cold weather.