It’s officially fall, which is the gateway season to winter. It is also the perfect time to think about making some necessary home repairs. Doing these repairs before the winter will ensure that your home is sturdy, strong, and can take on the harsh weather that the cold season can bring. Moreover, the weather is perfect for making some home updates, especially on the exterior of your home. If you live in a region where pests are a major problem, it is time to remove the pests before you seal your home for the winter – you don’t want any unwelcome guests in your home while you are snowed in. Here are five important pre-winter home repairs you shouldn’t avoid.
- Roof repair. Repairing your roof is especially important. Over the course of a particularly warm summer, your roof may be showing some signs of wear and tear. If this is the case, you want to fix leaks and replace shingles before your home gets snowed upon. Repairing the roof is also important for the sake of preventing energy leaks. When you blast your heating system in the winter, you don’t want all that warm air to escape.
- Gutter repair. Along with fixing your roof, you also want to repair your gutter. As we get closer and closer to winter, there will be more and more rainstorms, so it is important that your gutter can take on the challenge. Ideally, you want to remove leaves and debris, but you also want to fix cracks, tighten bolts, and reconnect gutter joints. A clogged or broken gutter can cause all sorts of problems in the winter – including leaks and floods.
- Ductwork repair. Your HVAC ductwork is important to repair because the quality of your ductwork will determine both your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC system. When it comes down to it, repairing ductwork is easy – all you have to do is find leaks and seal them. You may also want to clean out your ductwork because dirt and debris can build up and cause all sorts of problems that you don’t want to deal with in the winter.
- Pest infestation repair. The summer is a prime time for pest infestations, especially mice, rats, and termites. Rats and mice can be damaging because the waste left behind can rot wood and structural elements. Termites are by far the most damaging because they literally chew through wood. Before the winter hits, you not only want to repair the damage caused by the infestation, but you also want to eliminate the pests, which can be done by calling an exterminator.
- Foundation repair. Another important repair you should not avoid is foundational repair. Your home’s foundation may have also taken a beating during the dry summer, so it may be time to fix leaks, cracks, and other issues. You want to complete this repair before the wintertime because it will ensure that your home is more impervious to moisture – it will also make the wintertime a little easier to bear and more comfortable.