|The winter months are around the corner, so it’s time to get your home into top shape for the seasonal swap. Luckily, the Local Dallas Movers have a few expert tips on prepping your home for winter. Let’s get ready for the chilly months and bid adieu to summer for a few months!
Clean out drainage spouts and gutters. winter means a lot of rainfall for many areas, so you want to make sure that rainfall can clearly flow away from your roof in the winter showers. Before cleaning them out, however, be sure to protect yourself by wearing gloves—animals and insects may be living in the leaves that pile in the gutters/drainage. Flush out the downspout with a standard garden hose.
Inspect the roof. Roof problems can cause serious problems throughout the majority of your home, so you want to inspect it and make sure that everything is still in working shape. Deteriorated pieces or rotten shingles need to be replaced and branches that loom over the roof should be trimmed.
Clean your HVAC. Replace filters and ensure that everything is in proper working order. It doesn’t hurt to have an expert HVAC technician come inspect and make sure that there are no problems. Winter mean you’ll likely be cranking up the heat, so you don’t want to have any unpleasant surprises. Install a carbon monoxide detector to monitor any occurrence of the toxin in your air supply.
Check windows and doors. Remove screens and install storm windows if you haven’t already. Be sure weather stripping is up to date and that caulking around the windows is still solid. If you see signs of moisture around the windows you need to call a specialist and have them inspect your home for leakage or possible mold growth.
Check smoke detectors. You should do this periodically to ensure they are in working order. Press the button to make sure that it beeps, and replace the batteries if you need to. As a rule, smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, and batteries should be swapped out every six months.
Patch up any cracks. Your home can be seen by other living things as a place for shelter, so it is important that you inspect the perimeter of your home and seal any cracks in the foundation. Clean and lubricate garage door rollers, tracks and hinges to prevent them from stalling. Seal any holes or cracks around the home and If you see feces, footprints, or smell urine odor you need to consult an exterminator.
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