Crisp white snow and sparkling icicles can make for a beautiful winter wonderland, but with a winter wonderland comes broken tree branches, frozen pipes, and slippery sidewalks. Avoid spending a majority of this winter fixing winter-related damages with some winter home maintenance tips.
Remove window screens
Removing window screens will not only let in more natural light, but it can also increase the amount of heat in your home. This is a must considering that when it snows (in Rochester this is quite frequently) it gets trap inside your window screen and can cause damage to the window frames.
Protect entryway flooring
Being that winter is upon us it is almost impossible to not carry in the snow, road salt, and ice on your snow boots. Floors by any entryway really take a toll, to say the least. How can you help your floors you say? Use floor mats both inside and outside the doorway as well as providing a nice spot for people to put their wet boots. These small actions will have big returns come the spring and summer. Check out these great boot trays to help save your entryway floors.
Everyone fears a frozen pipe bursting. Fear no more! Since water expands when it freezes here are some ways to prevent a frozen pipe.
- Insulate pipes
- Disconnect the hose from the outside faucet
- If prone to freezing, leave faucet dripping slightly
- Keep the heat set no lower than 55 degrees
Read here for more instructions on keeping your pipes warm!
Have your fireplace cleaned
Having a fireplace cleaned by a professional is necessary for safety since past fire residue (creosote) builds up and can cause an unplanned fire. Even gas fireplaces still need to be clean regularly because there could still be past build up blocking the chimney. Check here for the best chimney cleaner in your area!
The first step to owning a home is having winter home maintenance knowledge. The second step is where I come in, contact me today to find your dream home this winter!