Over the summer, it’s easy to remember how much maintenance your home could need when the cold winter hits. You have so much fun relaxing in the yard, hosting barbecues, and soaking up the sun that you get complacent.
This complacency can lead to certified havoc within your home, and if you’re not prepared for it, you could experience damage that is as inconvenient as it is expensive. So with this in mind, here are the main house problems you will encounter over winter.
The Iceman Cometh
You don’t need telling that winter gets cold. Real cold, in some parts of the world, and you can even feel this chill when cozied up inside your home.
Most people’s way of dealing with the cold is to blast the heating, but heating costs money, and sometimes, it’s not even the right solution.
Many things can bring the cold into your home, including gaps and holes in the roof or basement or bare wooden floors that can’t insulate the house effectively. Instead of turning the heating up, try taking a look around and seeing if there are any holes you can fill in or cover, at least until next year, and also throw on an extra sweater and some wooly socks.
You’ll be surprised at the difference they can make.
Considering how cold it can get over winter, you can be forgiven for keeping the windows firmly closed until the snow melts, temperatures rise, and spring comes around. However, without proper ventilation, your home can become damp, and with damp comes mold.
Installing proper ventilation systems and keeping windows open after a shower should fix the problem if not immediately. If it persists, though, or even gets worse, find a local mold removal service that can solve the problem and prevent spores and toxins from festering and affecting your family’s health.
With snow often comes ice, especially if you do not take the time to clear it before it melts and resets. Slippery surfaces can be dangerous to everybody, not just your family. An icy driveway is a hazard for the postman, visitors, carol singers, and even your car.
With every snowfall, it’s crucial to clear the snow as quickly as possible before it melts and ices over. Doing this will make your driveway safer and also make it easier to remove every time. Otherwise, you will battle against sheets of ice.
Bursting at the Seams
You don’t need a degree in science to know that water expands as it freezes, which is why water pipes can be a real danger to your home during winter.
Burst pipes can damage the walls, ceilings, floors, and your yard, while also putting your facets out of action until they are repaired.
Before the temperatures drop, treat your pipes with insulated foam tubes to protect them from the chill and also save your home from disaster.
Sometimes you can’t do anything about the problems that winter brings as it’s nothing but sheer bad luck. However, most of the issues you encounter are fixable and preventable as long as you know what to do.
By making sure that your home is adequately prepared for the winter months, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy what winter is all about.