Damaged, loose, or missing shingles may let the melting snow seep into your home. Therefore, you need to check your roof carefully while it's clear and take action to prevent leakage.
If your home is susceptible to ice dams, the winter snow can be quite damaging to your home. Make sure you have proper venting and insulation to avoid the formation of ice dams.
If you have a fireplace, you may want to clean the chimney and check for cracks. Cleaning is important before you start using it because any nests or creosote buildup in the chimney can easily become a fire hazard.
Winter heating is a major contributor to house fires each year. You should make sure you have ample fire detectors in your home and test them to ensure they are working properly.
No one wants to experience the trouble that comes with a burst pipe and pay expensive plumbing and water damage bills. It is important to turn off the supply lines to your hose bibbs and drain the water out of your exterior pipes and, if possible, wrap insulation tape around them. Do the same for pipes in your basement and crawlspace if these areas are not heated. This will help ensure they don't crack or burst during the cold weather.
When it comes to floods, drain water, or condensation buildup during winters, a functioning sump pump is important, which is why you want to test it now and make sure it is functioning properly.
These are just some key winter home maintenance tips that will help you through the harsh winters. Follow these tips to prevent ice dams, fire hazards, and water damage.
If you want to learn about more winter home maintenance tips or need help with home repairs, ice dams, water damage, or other winter home maintenance efforts, or want to get started with winter home maintenance, contact Mammoth Restoration in South Jersey at 609.859.5600 or by email.