Yes, winter is coming. And . . . “If you have your heart set on snow, you just might get it this year. According to the Almanac folks, North Carolina will experience ‘above-normal’ precipitation and the region will have a ‘wintry chill, wet & white” winter.’”
In preparation, here are tips to winterize your home ahead of freezing-cold weather.
Get Your Furnace Inspected
It’s important to get your furnace inspected by a qualified professional – and sooner, rather than later. Once cold weather truly hits, professionals who are in demand will have a waiting list of people who need their services. This inspection will help to ensure that your HVAC system is clean and working well, up to its maximum efficiency. The inspector can also help to prevent carbon monoxide leaks – which are deadly.
Caulk Windows and Doors
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Having the best operating furnace in the world does you no good if the warm and comfortable air escapes through gaps in window frames/door frames – and the cold air comes pouring on in. So, weatherproof doors and windows well.
Turn off Outside Faucets
You don’t want any water left in pipes that can freeze, because they can burst. So, better safe than sorry: disconnect all your garden hoses and make sure no water remains in the faucets.
Clean Your Gutters
Yes, it’s wonderful having lovely trees shading your lawn against summer heat – and, yes. Brilliant autumn leaves are gorgeous. But, when the leaves fall, many of them land on your roof and end up in the gutters. As rain water (or melting snow) causes your gutters to overflow, this process will likely damage your gutters, along with the siding on your home and the roof. Repairs? They can be expensive.
Bottom line: it’s important to do your best to keep the gutters as clean as possible, including a thorough cleaning once all the leaves have fallen for the season.
Remove Roof Debris
These same leaves can lead to roof rot and/or mold because of the moisture they hold. This can cause expensive damage to your roof, so be proactive in cleaning off your roof before winter hits.
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Don’t let poor attic insulation cause problems in your home. When your home isn’t properly insulated, energy bills will be higher than necessary – and who needs that?
Starting winter with damaged shingles means that, by the end of the season, they will almost certainly be MORE damaged. So, do you have any missing shingles? Ones that are cracked or curling? Frayed? What about your roof flashing? If it’s damaged around your chimney or vents, this is a prescription for roof leaks – which lead to even more damage.
Solution: Charlotte Roofing Contractors and General Handyman Services
With Camden Roofing, you get two professionals in one. We’re experienced roofing contractors and we also offer a broad spectrum of general handyman services, ideal for winter preparation time in your home. So, when you contact us – either online or by calling 704-858-2141 – you can count on professional Charlotte roofing services, from A-Z, as well as these general handyman services:
- Hardwood/ Carpet Flooring
- Gutter Cleaning or Repair
- Hang & Change Flood lights
- Ceiling Fan Installation
- Light Installation
- Garage Doors
- Housekeeping Services
- Landscaping/ Lawn Care
- Appliance Repair
- Electrical (install or repair switches)
- Drywall Repair
- Garbage Disposals
- Carpentry (decks, porches, cabinets
- Concrete (driveways & patios)
Stop stressing about winter prep! Contact us online or call 704-858-2141 today.