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“Winter is coming” is a famous line from the TV series Game of Thrones. Although the series has ended, many are still using the line, especially when the cold weather nears. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, most parts of the country will have intense cold snaps and snowfalls.
With the pandemic we’re currently having, putting your house up for the cold season may not be your top priority. However, you cannot hesitate if you want your home to become fully prepared for snow. Here are some projects you can do to protect your home for the cold weather ahead:
1. Trim Tree Branches
Checking the trees surrounding or near your home is the project your need to address. Trim dead and overhanging branches to avoid any excess water to trickle into your roof’s cracks or siding.
It is a general rule to maintain three feet between your house and the branches and limbs of the surrounding trees. You don’t want to have a tree limb falling on your home during the cold weather and causing severe damage.
2. Fireplace and Chimney Checkup
It is wise to clean your chimney and fireplace before the first snowfall. Remove any residue from the previous usage to avoid chimney fires. Make sure there is no nest or any debris inside or on the chimney.
3. Clear Out and Repair Gutters
The next thing you should check is the gutter. A clogged drain can cause ice dams, which can usher in costly repairs. Ice dams happen when there are ice buildups in gutters that trap rain and snowmelt. The water from the rain and snowmelt will eventually seep into the house and cause water damage to the walls.
Ensure that your gutters are free from leaves, twigs, and other materials. Also, tighten gutter hangers and brackets, and replace any damages.
4. Inspect the Roof
Even if it’s not the cold season, always check your roof for any damage. A leaky or damaged roof will become troublesome whenever there’s a snowfall or rain.
5. Check Your Pipes
You need to inspect every pipe in your house, inside and outside. Drain and shut off the water to your outdoor water taps as it is the most vulnerable to the cold. Moreover, it is best to insulate your pipes to avoid them from bursting.
The cold weather can damage a house, for example, a burst pipe, destroyed roofs or gutters, and cracked driveways. Allotting time preparing your home for the cold season could save you from spending days and dollars fixing damages.
Summary: The cold weather is fast approaching, and your house may be vulnerable to severe damage. These home tips will save you money by preparing your home for the harsh winter.