As the summer slowly comes to a close, it’s best to get a head start on prepping your home for the colder seasons. Waiting too long to take care of these things can cause more problems in the long run. Paying attention to these simple tasks will save you lots of money and headaches.
1. Get Heating System Serviced
Don’t forget to make your appointment for your furnace’s annual checkup. Getting your furnace checked annually ensures that your system does not wear itself out, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home or simply shut down and stop working. If you happen to have a forced-air heating system, change the furnace filter, which will create a huge difference in your air quality. Your furnace will also run more efficiently, saving you money.
Drafty windows can greatly increase energy bills. Decrease your energy use by applying caulk around windows and doors. Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s resistant to the elements. If needed, add weatherstripping around doors to further decrease energy usage.
3. Test Your Sump Pump
If your sump pump is not regularly checked, your home can quickly turn into a swimming pool. How exactly is the sump pump checked? Slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pit to see whether the pump turns on. You should do this every few months, but especially after a long dry season or before a rainy one. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
4. Freeze-Proof Exterior Faucets
Ruptured pipes can be both expensive and time-consuming to clean up. The outdoor hose faucet is the most susceptible to rupturing because of the extremely cold weather. To avoid a ruptured faucet, consider replacing your existing hoes faucet with a freeze-proof faucet. This can be done fairly quickly, but will save you tons of time and money in the long run.
5. Install/Maintain Paths and Walkways
Cold weather can often cause paths and walkways to freeze and crack. Being proactive is always best when dealing with weathering your home. Be sure to take a look at your current walkways and driveway to check for cracks. If these aren’t taken care of immediately, water can seep into these cracks and make them larger. For areas that are beyond repair, consider laying a new brick pathway.
Sometimes, all of these fixes don’t get accomplished, simply because we don’t have the time. Markatos Services offers handyman services for both residential and commercial properties. No job is too small! Call 302.792.0606 for a free quote.