It’s officially fall, which means winter is just around the corner!
At Houston Services, we always want your home to be the best it can be. That means preparing it for the colder weather so everything runs smoothly. These six easy steps can even prevent future home repairs, saving you money in the long run.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
1. Clean out your gutters.
Proper drainage prevents ice dams and water from damaging your foundation. Having clean gutters gives water the ability to more freely away from the house. We don’t clean gutters out ourselves, but if you need some help clearing out your gutters, we can refer you to others!
2. Detach garden hoses from faucets outside.
This keeps the water from freezing and backing up to the house or basement. If you do have damage from previous water in your basement, we can be your trusted basement remodeling contractors! Or if you have some simple basement repairs such as drywall repairs, our handyman services can help you with that as well.
3. Have a sprinkler system? Turn it off!
Before winter, you will need to turn off the water supply and open the drain valve. Most modern systems are self-draining, so there is no need to have the water blown out of them unless it’s an older home.
4. Check the perimeter of your house for foundation cracks, loose siding, issues with windows, etc.
Most outdoor home repairs and improvements need to be made before the winter weather sets in. If you don’t fix it now, you may have to wait until spring when it might be more of an issue than it already is. We can replace damaged siding, fill foundation cracks (as long as it’s not part of a larger foundation issue) and any other handyman services you’re in need of.
5. Change your HVAC filters
Regularly changing your filters can extend furnace life, reduce energy bills and improve indoor air quality. If it’s been a while since you’ve changed your filters, this is your reminder!
6. Change out batteries in smoke detectors.
This is the time of year to start up your fireplace, light candles, and hang electronic decorations—all of which can be potential fire hazards. Make sure your smoke detectors have fresh new batteries in them and run a test to make sure they’re working.
On a side note, Houston services also build gas and wood fire pits for your home if that’s something you’ve been considering adding. Just let us know!
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