Is winter just a month away? Are you getting prepared to make the most of this colder month? Have you brought all of your winter garments and gloves out of your closet? Well, you might have started your preparation bit by bit. However, what about your house? Have you made your house prepared for the winter ahead?
You cannot be comfortable in the coming colder months unless you gird your sweet home for winter. With the help of a few tips, you can winterise your home.
Clean the sewers
When the winter is round the corner, leaves start falling and they fill your gutters. It is necessary to remove them and other debris either by hand, spatula and hose to make way for winter’s rain and melting snow. If you do not clean your drain; ice dams will form and freeze and cause water to seep through your house.
While cleaning your drains, look for misaligned pipes and leaks. Be sure that the pipes are carrying out water from the foundation of your house. If the water freezes in the house’s foundation, it can water damage.
Block evident leaks around your house both from inside and outside. This is the best possible way to winterize your home.
First discover leaks in the places such as door frame, electric outlets and recessed windows.
Get caulk to seal the openings in the doors. When it comes to exterior, it is better to use weather resistant caulk including such as brick and stone. If you do this, you will not have to worry about the exterior walls. It is obvious to look over small cracks to seal. But, it is worth sealing up. This will not allow any insects to get inside your home.
Insulate your home
There is another thing that costs a little money but insulation is a better technique to insulate your home. Add insulation to the existing insulation in the attic. No matter what weather condition is there in your locality, you require at least twelve inches of insulation in your attic. If you are installing insulation over insulation, then you should not use paper backing finishing. If you do, it will act as vapour barrier, and this will cause moisture problems in your house.
Check the furnace
Turn your furnace to make sure your furnace is in a proper working condition. When the furnace is in use, there remains an odd, strong and short-lasting smell in your home. You need to open your windows to spread out the smell. However, if you find the smell stays for long; you need to put the furnace of and call a professional. It is wise to get your furnace cleaned and tuned yearly.
Clean the fireplace
It is the perfect time for a professional cleaning. When the winter is round the corner, you need to get your fireplace and chimney cleaned. If you ignore this, you will be deprived of enjoying the warmth of the fire later in the winter season.
Consider these things before winter arrives.
Adrice White is an experienced chimney sweep working in England. He takes an interest in writing articles on chimney sweeping. He has been into this field for the last 10 years. You can avail more information about functioning chimney and fireplace or stove from his blog posts.