Prevent major interior issues during the winter
Managing all of the tasks in a home can be tricky, but creating a specific plan may help keep everything in order. There are many different items that should be addressed during the winter, but it is not just the outside that needs care. Looking to improve the inside can be a vital task, as this needs just as much attention.
Ensure heating is functional
Knowing what type of heating system is in the home and how to properly operate it is necessary for every homeowner. However, not everyone’s home is the same, so making adjustments to a new home can be a good idea.
- Have oil tank filled – If the home runs on oil heat, it is important to put in enough oil to get the residents through the winter. This will avoid any issues where a person runs out, potentially putting them in a bad situation.
- Check on other heater functionality – Some homes will have electric heating or even boilers. Before it gets too bad outside, it is a good idea to check if these are working properly and ensure the owner understands how they function.
- Keep heat on during cold snaps – Freezing temperatures can put stress on many aspects of the home, so it is important to have the heat on when it drops too low. This will ensure the home – and its fixtures – are safe from damage.
Pipes Can Be Problematic
No one wants to deal with a major piping issue, as it can make the home difficult to live in during an already uncomfortable time. There are ways to prevent broken pipes that could be quite useful.
- Insulate pipes – Putting insulation around all exposed pipes can help keep a home’s water supply flowing, even in cold temperatures.
- Keep water running in cold – When there is a freeze warning in effect, having a little bit of water dripping out of the tap may help keep everything flowing.
- Replace old pipes – Pipes that are aging considerably may not be worth the risk, and having them changed at the first opportunity may be the best way to go.
There are many ways to help make sure the home is a safe and comfortable place in the winter, and ensuring its care now can keep it lasting without having to make major fixes down the line. Regardless, some situations are unpredictable, so looking at a home warranty may be a good plan.
The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.