Fall is here and winter is not far behind. With the colder months approaching quickly, it is very important to make sure that your Memphis home is ready. There are many different ways in which you can better prepare your house for the winter and Build901 is the Memphis contractor to help you. We will cover a few tips, many of which you can do yourself, and a few others you may need a contractor’s help for. These tips can not only help protect your home from the winter season but can also help in areas like your utility bill.
Things You Can Do Yourself
First, we will cover just a few helpful tips you can do yourself to improve your quality of living during the fall and winter months. One thing people probably don’t think about is the direction their fan is turning. As we all know, heat rises. So, check to see if your ceiling fan has a reverse switch. If it does, use it so the blades turn in a clockwise motion after your turn on your heat. This will produce an updraft and push the heated air down into the room from the ceiling.
Another small improvement you can make is reapplying caulk to the doors and windows of your house. Go around the house and take a look at the gaps between sliding doors and windows or door frames. If the gaps are bigger than the width of a nickel you should reapply exterior caulk. Silicone is best for exterior use as it won’t shrink and it can withstand harsh weather conditions.
Where We Can Help
Now, here are some things you should consider when preparing your Memphis home for winter. Here in Memphis, it’s not likely that we will get snow, more often than not it’s more ice than snow. If you had to deal with a lot of icicles last winter make sure you take steps this year to prevent damage. Build901 is the Memphis contractor to help you identify and fix air leaks and insulation problems in your home’s attic. We can also help look for damaged, loose, or missing shingles that could possibly leak during any winter storms or from melting snow.
You will also want to think about your fireplace. Sitting by the fire is one of the best parts of winter, but before throwing a few logs on the fire, you’ll want to make sure your fireplace is ready. Build901 can help check your fireplace or any heating appliance that burns gas, oil, wood, or coal. We can make sure the vents are clean and in good repair. This will prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from getting into your home.
Basics to Keep in Mind
There are, of course, many things that can seem like routine maintenance that are also important to keep in mind. Cleaning your gutters is always a good idea when it comes to preparing for winter, especially after all the leaves have fallen. Leaves are notorious for clogging up drains and causing problems later on. Also, undrained pipes can freeze and the standing water can cause the pipes to burst. Disconnect all garden hoses and drain the water that is left in the faucets. If you have a sprinkler system you’ll need the help of a professional to do this and Build901 is the one for the job.
It doesn’t matter if it’s something big or something small, Build901 is the Memphis contractor to help you prepare your home for the winter months.