It’s not quite autumn yet, but it will be soon! Before you know it, the crisp air will be settling in and the colorful leaves will fall, indicating that winter is just around the corner. While you might be busy planning cozy evenings by the fireplace and warm cups of cocoa, it’s important to not overlook the maintenance and repairs your home needs before the colder months arrive. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of common home repair and renovation tasks that you should be on the lookout for. From sealing drafts to ensuring your heating system is in quality condition, these tasks will not only keep your home comfortable but also save you money in the long run.
1. Inspect and Repair Your Roof and Gutters
Your roof takes the brunt of harsh weather conditions, and winter can be particularly unforgiving. Inspect your roof for any loose or damaged shingles that could lead to leaks and water damage. Clear your gutters of leaves, debris, and twigs to prevent clogs that can cause water to back up and damage your roof, siding, or foundation. If you’re uncomfortable with heights or unsure about the condition of your room, it’s a smart idea to call in professionals to assess and repair any issues.
2. Seal Windows and Doors
Drafts can be a significant source of heat loss during the colder months, leading to increased energy bills. Check for gaps around windows and doors and seal them with weatherstripping or caulking. You can also consider adding draft stoppers at the bottom of doors to prevent chilly air from seeping in. Properly sealed windows and doors not only keep your home cozy but also help your heating system work more efficiently. There's nothing worse than feeling like the inside of your home is just as cold as it is outside!
3. Maintain Your Heating System
Before the temperatures drop, ensure that your heating system is functioning optimally. Change the filters in your furnace or heating system to improve indoor air quality and help the system run smoothly. If you haven’t had your heating system inspected in a while, consider calling a professional HVAC technician to perform a thorough check and address any issues before they become major problems during the colder Central Oregon months.
4. Check Insulation
Proper insulation is crucial for retaining heat and keeping your home comfortable. Check the insulation in your attic, walls, and crawl spaces to ensure it’s in good condition and properly distributed. Adding or replacing insulation can significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency and prevent heat loss.
5. Prepare Plumbing and Pipes
Frozen pipes are no good! And they can lead to disastrous situations, causing bursts and flooding. Before the freezing temps set in, insulate exposed popes, especially those in unheated areas like basements and garages. Shut off outdoor water sources and drain any hoses and sprinkler systems to prevent water from freezing and causing damage.
6. Chimney Maintenance
If you have a fireplace, make sure your chimney is clean and free from any debris or creosote buildup that can pose a fire hazard. Hire a professional chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney before you start using your fireplace for the season.
7. Address Exterior Repairs
Inspect your home’s exterior for any damaged siding, cracks, or holes. Addressing these issues before winter arrives prevents moisture from seeping in and causing further damage. If you have wooden components like decks or fences, consider applying a fresh coat of protective sealant to shield them from the harsh winter elements.
8. Trim Trees and Shrubs
Overhanging branches can pose a risk to your home during winter storms, for obvious reasons. Trim any branches that are close to your roof, windows, or power lines to prevent them from causing damage in inclement weather.
As the colder weather approaches Central Oregon, taking proactive steps to prepare your home can save you from potential headaches and costly repairs down the line. By inspecting your roof, sealing drafts, maintaining your heating system, checking insulation, preparing plumbing, addressing chimney maintenance, and tending to exterior repairs, you’ll create a safe and comfortable environment for you and your family during the frigid months.
For assistance with any of these tasks or if you have questions about winter home maintenance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Building Solutions in Bend. Our team of experts is here to help ensure your home is ready to face the challenges of winter weather, keeping you warm and worry-free.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started on your winter home maintenance journey.
Office: (541) 388-9988
Building Solutions LLC
62960 Boyd Acres Road
Bend, OR 97701