Winter in many states looks gorgeous, just like a postcard. However, the work you must do during this season to stay safe and comfortable doesn’t feel quite as good.
Still, it’s essential to take care of some projects if you want to emerge from the season safe and sound. Here are four tasks you should never overlook.
1. Taking care of ice dams
Ice dam removal is no homeowner’s favorite task. Fortunately, it’s just what some specialists do, and many of these services are very affordable.
Ice dams are not just an inconvenience, but they can also be very dangerous. They make driving and parking extremely difficult. And if they are too heavy on your roof, they can cause structural damage.
2. Sealing cracks
Take a look around your home and take notice any cracks. During the winter, water in the cracks can freeze and expand, making the cracks wider and more dangerous. So, regularly inspect your exterior walls and the driveway for cracks and seal them promptly.
3. Gutter cleaning
If gutter maintenance isn’t top of the list of your winter home maintenance list, then amend that list right away. That’s because an ice-dam-laden gutter can damage your house, leading to leaks in the roof and foundation issues.
So get a ladder and inspect your gutters, cleaning the snow before it clogs them. Or at least have a professional do it if you can’t.
4. Pest control
During the winter, your home suddenly becomes a lot more attractive to pests looking for warmth and food. You need to inspect your attic for these pests and exterminate them. Seal holes around your home to stop them from getting in.
Getting through winter is neither costly nor extremely difficult if you just take the right steps. If you can diligently take care of a few simple tasks, you and your family should do just fine during these cold months.