There are a number of ways we all get ready for winter. These include buying warmer clothes and getting the car ready with some snow tyres. There are also some ways that you can properly prepare your property. If you don’t, you might face some problems once the weather worsens. Here are some of the most common household problems that happen through winter, and how you can stop them.
It is important not to let your pipes drop below a certain temperature once the weather gets cold. Otherwise, the water in them can freeze. When water freezes, it expands. This can result in your pipes bursting. The best way to keep your pipes warm is to insulate them. You should also turn your water off if you are ever away from home for a few days. But what happens if you forget and you get back to burst pipes? Don’t panic; you can always call a company to come and repipe your home.
Snow Buildup On The Roof
If the weather gets particularly bad, you might get a few bad blizzards or snowstorms. A prolonged period of excessive snow can end in a buildup of the white stuff on your roof. This may look pretty, but it won’t be doing your property any good. It could damage the shingles and, in the worst-case scenario, cause your roof to fall in. So, as you can see, it is important to get excessive snow off your roof as soon as possible. It is best to call a professional to do this for you. If you go up yourself, you might put a foot wrong and damage the shingles yourself.
Frozen Garage Doors
During the winter, mechanical garage doors tend to freeze up and can become blocked. If this happens, you could end up having great difficulty trying to open them. If the problem is that the metal in the doors has contracted, then you shouldn’t have trouble fixing it. Simply lubricate the door, and the metal should relax. Try to keep your doors well lubricated to prevent this problem from happening in the first place. However, if your doors freeze together, you might be in bigger trouble. The easiest way to deal with this is to call a garage door professional.
Falling Tree Branches
You should trim back any branches that are getting very close to your property. Especially if they are extremely close to your windows and doors. They could easily snap off during a storm and could end up smashing through your windows. This will not only damage your property, but it could also injure anyone who is inside at the time. You won’t have to trim them back too far, just so they are safely away from the property. If you don’t feel confident doing this yourself, get a professional tree surgeon to do the work for you.
Hopefully, this blog will have given you some ideas of all the important household jobs that you need to do before winter!