Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvements
Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvements
9073 State Route 48
DaytonOH 45458
 (937) 885-4545

The Complete Winter Preventative Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners

The Complete Winter Preventative Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners

Winter is a wonderful time of the year. From the crisp, cool weather to beautiful, fresh-fallen snow, there is a lot to love about the season. However, the cold weather brings with it a whole set of challenges for homeowners, as snow and ice can cause costly damage to your home. Here's what you need to do to protect your house. 

Exterior Tasks 

  • Clean Out Your Gutters - Before the snow begins to fall, clear any leaves and other debris from your gutters. This will help to prevent ice dams from forming, potentially damaging your roof. 
  • Repair Window Caulking - The seal around the edges of your windows can get worn out over time. Patch any gaps or cracks to ensure that your home stays well-insulated from the cold. This will help to reduce your heating costs as well. 
  • Prune Your Trees - Snow can gather on dense trees, making them heavier and more likely to break. Trim back any excess branches before winter sets in so that there is minimal risk of a snow-laden branch falling on your house. 
  • Repair Loose Roof Shingles - Snow and ice can get underneath loose or broken shingles, and this can cause serious damage to your roof. Check for any tiles or shingles that are loose, broken or missing, and have them repaired or replaced right away. 

Prune Your Trees - Snow can gather on dense trees, making them heavier and more likely to break. Trim back any excess branches before winter sets in so that there is minimal risk of a snow-laden branch falling on your house.

Interior Tasks 

  • Stock Up on Emergency Supplies - You never know when you might get snowed in, potentially stranding you without access to basic services for an extended period of time. Be sure to have plenty of non-perishable food, blankets, flashlights and bottled water on hand so that you are prepared in the event of an emergency. 
  • Protect Your Pipes - Any pipes that are in non-heated areas of your home need to be insulated so that they don't freeze. Water expands as it freezes, and this can cause pipes to burst, resulting in major damage to your home. If your pipes do freeze, contact an experienced plumber right away. 
  • Cover Entryway Floors - All the snow and ice you track into your home can wreak havoc on your floors. Protect them from damage with sturdy rugs, and take off your shoes or boots as soon as you enter to minimize the damage. 
  • Have Your Fireplace Cleaned - Creosote can build up in your chimney if you have a wood-burning fireplace, creating a fire hazard. Have your chimney cleaned at the beginning of the season to reduce your risk. Even with a gas-burning fireplace, you should still have your chimney swept to remove any debris that might have built up since last winter. 
  • Check Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Between your fireplace and your furnace, heating your home creates the risk of fire and carbon monoxide emissions. Check your alarms to ensure that they are working and have fresh batteries. 

Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement can help you get your home ready for winter. Call us today to schedule an appointment. 

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