When it’s freezing the best and most exciting thing that you can do for yourself is be warm. Being able to huddle into your home and inside is the moment, and you need to make sure that you do that. To make that happen, you need to remind yourself of all of the jobs and the maintenance worker.
Some people don’t really bother with winter household jobs, in the hope that it can just wait until next year, but there are some things that really can’t wait. You wouldn’t wait an entire year for gutter cleaning, especially if you notice there was a leak in your ceiling. When it’s freezing outside and you just want to come home and relax, making sure that your home is in the best condition is the best thing to do. With that in mind, here are some of the maintenance chores that you need to get done before the winter so that you can truly enjoy yourself.
Household Jobs to do Before Winter
- Start with the gutters. We should start months, and if we’re talking about gutter cleaning then that’s where you should begin. Cleaning out your gutters twice a year could save you a lot of hassle when it comes to maintaining your roof. If you don’t have clear-flowing gutters, you are likely going to have to deal with flow back which is going to end up with you getting a leaky roof and an attic full of freezing cold water. Not to mention, the degradation that comes from not having your gutters cleaned can mean you can’t keep up with the heating of your home. That’s just not ideal.
- Check the ventilation systems in your home. The kitchen in the bathrooms are two places that are very likely to have a good ventilation system. Checking these to make sure that they are cleared out and dusted is important because you need your home to be well-vented in the winter. Why, because if you don’t, any heat can build up into condensation, which can mean that the water dripping down your walls is going to cause more harm than good. If you have a home that is well-ventilated, this is not going to be a problem for you anymore.
- Check for any draughts. A drafty home is one that’s going to end up being a lot colder through the winter months. Sealing any cracks with a gap filler is a good way to begin, and they don’t have to take very long. Go to your local hardware store, and buy a piece of sandpaper, some filler and a scraper. So any leaks and gaps and make sure that your hot air is staying exactly where you pay it to be, in your house.
- Get rid of any mould or mildew. You need to keep your bathroom pristine and clean through the winter months, and that means making sure you get rid of any possibility of mould or mildew buildup. Using the fans while you’re showering is a good place to begin, but check around and make sure that you don’t have any issues with condensation. As we mentioned earlier, this can build up and cause big issues for your walls.