While homeowners say goodbye to hopping from one part to another, they can’t say the same for the season of cold. The Christmas and New Year holidays may have come to pass, but the journey onwards includes battling with winter blues. If you’re very particular about caring for your home throughout the unforgivable cold, then the home-maintenance checklist is your partner for survival!
The unwanted presence of water damage is your enemy this time around. Without immediate fixes, the horrors of bursting pipes and leaks can drown you with misery. Whether the damage is caused by water itself or the state of freezing and thawing, they give you headaches in the end. This intrusion can be prevented if you’re also vigilant with your preventive measures.
One of the most logical things you can do right after a winter storm or an extra chilly night is to check your property. Take a tour around the house to see the extent of the effect of any external cause. With exposure to cold, pipes are first to become vulnerable especially those situated outside. What’s more alarming is that you have them all over the property, which then requires thorough review.
What you can do is –
-Put a stop to leaks by sealing them
-Add insulation to the pipes where they are needed.
-To avoid the buildup of pressure inside pipes, you can open hot and cold faucets just a little bit to ease the effects caused by below zero temperature.
-Inspect filters to get a verdict on whether they need only cleaning or total replacement.
-Familiarize with the switches so that in case of leaks, you can readily shut off the circulation in the water system.
-and many more
The more you read about it, the more you will discover the responsibilities that await you. However, fret not because you can also consult the experts about it. Knowing the basics can be a great start, but for matters that are beyond your reach, leave it to the professionals. Then make it your personal mission to oversee all these in the coming months – armed with better knowledge and a new found expertise.