During the winter months, cold weather can cause structures and pipes in and around your home to shift which can lead to larger issues if left unchecked. The new year is the perfect time to pay attention to any home maintenance needs. As a homeowner, you’ve put a big investment into your home, so it’s worth taking the time to keep it maintained and ensure that everything is running smoothly. From chimneys and gutters, to pipes and HVAC units, we’ve put together a list of some of the most essential areas of your home to check this January.
Inspect Your Home’s Exterior for Winter Damage
If you live in cold regions, inclement weather, such as ice and snow, can wreak havoc on your house’s exterior structure. Take time to walk around your house and check for any issues. Pay attention to any cracks in the foundation, siding, and windows. Also make sure to identify areas where ice could have melted and allowed water to pool up. This can cause significant damage to your home if unnoticed. Finally, look over your roof to make sure that no shingles are missing or damaged.
Check Your HVAC Systems
Always make sure that the heating and air conditioning systems in your home are functioning properly. It’s a good idea to change HVAC filters at least every few months, if not every month. If you notice anything strange with your HVAC system or hear any unusual noises, contact a HVAC specialist to inspect your unit.
Clean Out Gutters
On average, gutters should be cleaned out twice a year to prevent water from overflowing and potentially entering your home. When your gutters are clogged with debris, it gives water a chance to leak into the siding of your house or roof which can cause serious water damage. Spring often brings more rainfall, so now’s a great time to double check that your gutters are prepared to take on the rain.
Check all Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should have their batteries checked at least once a year. Test all detectors in your home to make sure that they are working and emit alarms that can be heard everywhere in the house.
At Rocky Top Restoration, we’ve got your back 24/7, wherever you need us. We specialize in all areas of construction, water mitigation, smoke, mold, crawl space, and fire damage restoration needs. If you notice any problems around your home this winter, give us a call at (865) 440-7449 or go to our website to get a quote.