While we enjoy warm and sunny days for much of the year here in San Antonio, it's easy to forget that winter, as short as it is, can do some serious damage to your home if you aren't prepared. In fact, The Farmer's Almanac is predicting that we will be "Chilled To The Bone" this winter! So, now is a great time, as the heat becomes more manageable, to start thinking about getting your home ready for colder temps.
Whether you’re a new home owner, or you’ve lived in your home for 15 years, it’s easy to forget some of the maintenance that needs to get done before winter arrives. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to trigger your memory and help you prepare. Better Homes and Gardens (BHG), for example, has a fantastic fall checklist that you can use to make sure your home is ready for anything! While everything on this checklist should be completed, there are four that we want to make sure you do.
1.) Clean Your Gutters. For those of us who live in homes surrounded by trees, our gutters can accumulate with falling leaves. Keeping gutters clean is crucial, especially when we get into a rainier season. We want to keep that water outside, and not in your house. BHG recommends cleaning your gutters, and then covering them with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.
2.) Check Out Your Roof. With the hail storms of last spring, many San Antonians have already had to replace or repair their roofs. If you didn't see much hail damage, you may still want to have your roof checked for any minor repairs. Our chance for snow is rare, but we may see some sleet or freezing rain this winter. Frozen water, coupled with weakness in your roof could be a disaster for your home.
3.) Check Your Heating Unit. Even though it's too warm outside to consider needing heat, flip the switch to test it out anyway. It's much better to fix a problem now than to wait and discover an issue during an October cold snap!
4.) Don’t Forget About The Fireplace. Wood-burning fireplaces are a warm, winter blessing. If they aren’t cleaned properly, however, they can become very dangerous. Maintaining your fireplace includes inspecting and cleaning out creosete deposits, checking your chimney for cracks or loose bricks, and more. Have your fireplace inspected this fall before starting any fires this year.
Taking care of each of these items could make the difference between a comfortable or miserable winter season. If you have questions about who to call for any of these home check-ups, let us know. We can point you in the right direction, so that you and your family can create more memories in your home all winter long!