Snowstorms are fun when you’re prepared for them; you remember snow days from when you were little, and you crunch through a snowy walk before having a cup of cocoa. However, when you’re not ready, snowstorms are a homeowner’s nightmare. Follow these tips to get your house ready for next winter.
1. Check Your Roof
Your roof needs to be in good condition to deal with a heavy load of snow. Most roofs last for 30 years, but if yours is poorly constructed or damaged, you need to replace it sooner. If you’re worried about how your roof will handle this winter, use a roof load calculator to keep track of how much weight it’s holding. That way, you know when you need professional help to clear your roof.
2. Inspect Your HVAC System
You don’t want to turn your heat on without an inspection only to have it break down in the middle of a snowstorm, when repair companies can’t get to your house. A few months before it gets cold, have a professional look over your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Don’t forget to change your filters if the inspector doesn’t do that.
3. Seal Cracks in Hard Surfaces
After a few years of heating and cooling, the asphalt, concrete, and wood on your property begin to crack and deteriorate. Seal cracks that develop using caulk or sealant, and repaint wood surfaces that are peeling. By taking these steps, you prevent the problems from worsening during periods of extreme moisture and cold caused by snow.
Preparing for a snowstorm takes more than stocking up on groceries and water. Take these three steps in the summer and fall so that your house stays secure and dry during the winter. That way, you can enjoy the snow without stressing.