As the winter months pass and we begin to see some warmer weather, it is important to prep your home for spring. Winter storms can bring enduring challenges to homeowners such as broken gutters, foundation cracks, flood damage, and more. Taking the time to address potential damage caused by snow and ice and prep your living space can help prevent future issues. Here are is a guide to 7 ways you can prep your home for winter:
Perform an exterior inspection
Begin by performing an inspection of your homes exterior by looking for any signs of winter storm damage. This includes checking for roof leaks, damage siding, or broken gutters. Addressing these issues promptly will prevent any further damage to the home.
Clean out your gutters
Take the time to remove any debris, fallen branches, or leaves from your gutter. These items often accumulate in your gutters after winter storms. Removing these items prevents damage to the gutters and can help minimize the risk of fire or flood related issues.
Check your windows and doors
Check your windows and doors for any drafts, leaks, cracks or other damage. Replacing these if necessary can help prevent water infiltration and preserve the integrity of the home.
Prep your lawn and garden
Through revitalizing your outdoor lawn and garden space you can help with water drainage, prevent fires, and avoid tree damage to the home. It is important to prep your space by cleaning up leaves, trimming trees, storing equipment properly and ridding of any excessive debris.
Check your outdoor plumbing
Thoroughly inspect outdoor faucets, hoses, and irrigation systems for any damage caused by freezing temperatures. These issues should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Leaving any broken components can affect the functionality, cause water leaks, and damage to the home.
Inspect and clean your chimney
If you have a fireplace, schedule a professional chimney inspection and cleaning. Doing this will ensure that your fireplace is safe and ready for use during cooler spring evenings. Not cleaning your chimney can cause fires due to debris.
Gather emergency prep equipment
If you happen to find yourself in an emergency situation due to an unexpected weather event, it is important to be prepared. Take the time to gather emergency equipment such as flashlights, batteries, and first aid kits.
Our team at Elite Restoration understands the devastation that flood, fire, wind, or any home damage can cause. By taking the time to prepare your home for warmer weather after enduring winter storms, you not only decrease the chance of damage, but also create a comfortable living space for yourself. Regular maintenance is important and can contribute to the longevity of your home. The expert team at Elite Restoration is dedicated to resorting homes and supporting you through challenging times.