Winter can be a great time to cozy up at home. However, your inner handyman may feel restless after being cooped up indoors for an extended period of time. Luckily, there are several different home maintenance activities you can do to keep yourself busy.
Let’s look at some simple types of maintenance you can carry out on your own.
Protect Your Pipes From Freezing
It’s not uncommon for unprotected pipes to freeze over in the winter. In addition to disrupting the flow of water through taps, a frozen pipe may also burst due to ice expansion. You can prevent this from happening by insulating your pipes properly.
There are many different ways to insulate a pipe. This includes:
- Placing pipe sleeves over them.
- Wrapping pipe wrapping around exposed pipes.
- Placing faucet covers over exposed spigots outdoors.
Check Your Roof
The roof of your home plays the important role of keeping it safe from the outdoor elements. Before winter sets in, it is important to inspect your roof and look for any vulnerable spots that could lead to problems. Any broken or missing shingle may lead to snow entering your attic or heat escaping your home. These should be replaced as soon as possible.
Clear Your Gutters
You should also inspect your roof gutters and ensure they are clear. A clogged gutter may lead to water building up and freezing inside. This may then prevent melted snow water from draining off your roof and ending up in the wrong places.
Clean Your Chimney
If your home has a fireplace, you should remember to clean your chimney regularly. This will help your wood fires burn more efficiently, and also allow smoke to escape more easily.
Many people get their chimney cleaned professionally, but you can do it yourself by setting up a drop cloth or tarp around your fireplace, and brushing the chimney chute with chimney brushes.
If you have many trees around your home, you should try and clear any dead limbs that may fall and damage your property. This is a common occurrence during winter storms, so make sure to identify any trees that may pose a problem. You can also use this opportunity to pretty up your trees and decorate them with outdoor lights before Christmas.
Fixing Window Leaks
Winter is also a great time to identify any window leaks. A cold draft blowing through a tiny space around your window should be easy to spot. Unless you encounter a major hole or crack somewhere, you should be able fix up these leaks by applying some caulking around the window frame.
As you can see, there are plenty of winter maintenance activities to keep yourself busy with this season. So let your inner handyman loose and start fixing up your home.