3 Ways to Ensure Your House Is Fall & Winter Ready

Posted on Sep 8 2016 - 11:21am by Ave

Now when the kids are back in school, vacations have ended for the most of us and we are getting back to our daily routine, it’s time to start preparing your home for fall and winter.

If the weather is bad during the autumn and winter months your home can be at threat of potential damage. Although you can never completely protect against damage and problems, there are things you can do to make your home as safe and cost effective as possible; as well as making your home environment a good and safe one to live in.

We are going to take a look at some of the important tasks you should make sure are completed, in preparation for the colder months. If you take some time to do these jobs it can end up saving you both time and money in the long term.

3 Ways to Ensure Your House Is Fall & Winter Ready

Cleaning the gutters of your home

One of the most important jobs you need to complete is to clean the gutters of your home.  If you do not do this the gutters can become clogged which is especially an issue during winter months when the weather is bad and heavy rain or ice may be a problem. If your gutters are clogged during the bad weather water can’t flow and can leak into your home. If this happens you then incur the cost of getting the water damage repaired, and potentially of having to get the structural damage fixed if the water intrusion has been left unchecked.

Checking the plumbing and pipes

Pipes can be very susceptible to cold weather, especially if they are already less than 100% sound. This is why it’s a good idea to check the plumbing and pipes in your home before the bad weather sets in. You need to check for any damage to the pipes or any pipes that may potentially need to be replaced. It’s easier to do this than face costly problems with burst pipes later on. If you need any help with checking the plumbing on your property you may want to speak to professionals such as Plumbing Detectives for advice and assistance.

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Remember to check all the pipes! Frozen pipes are something you do not want to deal during the winter! *Image by Cha già José (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Checking for gaps and cracks

We have already covered checking the plumbing of your home for problems, but you should not forget to check the structure of your home too. Take a look for any gaps or cracks that need to be filled in. These can often be especially common around windows and doors. Completing this investigative work, as well as any necessary filling, should not take too long and it’s well worth the effort in the long run. If you do not do this your problems can be two-fold. You could potentially let cold air into your home which would reduce the effectiveness of any heating system you have. You could also potentially let warm air out of your home; again reducing the effect of your heating system. In both of these scenarios, you are likely to experience increased heating costs.

See, it’s not so hard to prepare your home for fall and winter! With these three little tips, your home is ready for chillier weather and also these tips help protect you from both additional expense and unwanted worries.

How do you prepare your home for autumn and winter?

*The unedited autumn landscape image is designed by Freepik.

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  • Julie Mason

    Great tips. We live in the South, freezes usually catch us off guard.

  • Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    I have a tree in my back yard that needs to be cut down ASAP. Every once in a while a big branch will fall off of it. Once it snows, it might come down.

  • I love these tips!!! It is so hard for me to believe that summer is over, the house down the hill had two trees fall last week so important to maintain trees.

  • Neely

    Such great tips. My husband is going to clean out our gutters this weekend!

  • Great tips I did not have idea on any of this I guess living in Florida we really do not have to prep the house for colder weather. We also do not have gutters =) But thanks for sharing.

  • Carrie Chady Rundhaug

    These are really great tips! I know a lot of people who think winter will never really come near them and don’t check their pipes and then they end up bursting or freezing.

  • These are all great ways to ensure your home is ready for Fall and Winter season!