With winter comes colder weather that also brings with it more rain, wind and snow. This is especially the case if you live in a region that tends to get more severe winter weather. Before the start of the season, you should make sure to take the appropriate steps to make sure your home is prepared for all the things that come with the winter season. The information below should help you to get started on making the right choices that will help protect your home.
Preparing your roof
Before winter is full-swing, you want to be sure the roof is in good shape and able to endure any weather that comes its way. The first thing you should do is to have any and all trees trimmed that have medium to large sized branches that hag over the roof. This way, you don't have to worry about those branches getting weighed down with snow and falling into the roof.
You also want to make sure the rain gutters are cleaned out before the winter rain and snow makes its way to your region. Otherwise, the moisture will gather and this can cause water damage that can lead to the roof rotting, the development of mold and other problems.
Preparing your plumbing
The biggest weather related issue you have to worry about with regards to the winter weather is freezing pipes. The pipes can freeze when the outside temperature is below freezing and proper precautions haven't been taken to protect them. The first thing you should do is have the pipes checked by a plumber (such as one from Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling) if you aren't sure whether or not they are insulated.
Also, you should undo the outside hoses, drain them and put them up for the winter. Turn off both the sprinkler system at the panel and the main water valve that feeds the sprinkler system. Leave a small amount of water coming out the faucets when the temperature is below freezing and make sure the inside of your house is kept heated, even if you are going to be away.
Taking the necessary steps to prevent your home from getting damaged during the winter weather is something you want to do each year. By following the advice here you are going to cut down on your chances of needing to have expensive repairs done or dealing with problems that winter weather can cause with regards to your roof and plumbing system.