Essential Winter Home Maintenance Tips

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As Sunday River locals, we love winter and all of the fun activities we can enjoy in the mountains, but we know these colder months can be tough on your home. Winter home maintenance ensures not just comfort but also safeguards your property from potential damage caused by freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. By taking proactive measures, you can keep your home cozy, energy-efficient, and well-protected throughout the winter months.

Exterior Preparations:

1. Roof and Gutters Inspection: Winter weather can be harsh on your roof. Begin by inspecting it for damaged or missing shingles. Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams that can lead to water damage. Trimming tree branches away from the roof can prevent potential damage during storms.

2. Pipe Insulation and Protection: Outdoor pipes and faucets are susceptible to freezing. Insulate them properly and drain garden hoses to avoid damage. Proper insulation prevents costly issues like burst pipes during freezing temperatures.

3. Seal Windows and Doors: Check for drafts around windows and doors. Seal any gaps or cracks with weather stripping or caulk to keep the cold air out and warm air in, reducing energy bills.

4. Chimney Maintenance: For those with fireplaces, scheduling a professional chimney sweep ensures it’s clean and free from blockages. A clean chimney promotes efficient airflow and reduces fire hazards.

5. Heating System Service: Before the cold sets in, schedule a maintenance check for your heating system. This ensures it’s in optimal condition for the winter. Regularly replace filters for efficient functioning.

Interior Readiness:

1. Inspect and Add Insulation: Check insulation in the attic, walls, and crawl spaces. Enhance insulation where needed to keep your home warm and energy-efficient.

2. Safety Checks: Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries if necessary. Ensure they’re functioning correctly to keep your family safe.

3. Reverse Ceiling Fans: Switch the direction of ceiling fans to clockwise; this helps redistribute warm air that rises to the ceiling, keeping the room warmer.

4. Plumbing Protection: Insulate exposed pipes in unheated areas and fix leaks promptly to prevent freezing and potential water damage.

5. Emergency Preparedness: Create or update an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, blankets, and a first aid kit in case of power outages or other emergencies.

General Winter Home Maintenance Tips:

  • Prepare for Storms: Keep snow shovels, ice melt, and other winter weather supplies handy. Clear driveways and walkways promptly to prevent accidents.
  • Monitor Energy Usage: Keep an eye on energy consumption and adjust settings to conserve energy where possible. This not only saves money but also reduces environmental impact.
  • Plan for Vacations: If you’re going away during winter, set the thermostat to a temperature that prevents freezing but saves energy.

Regular maintenance and proactive measures are key to ensuring your home remains safe, comfortable, and well-maintained throughout the winter season. By following this comprehensive checklist, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle the challenges that the colder months bring while protecting your home from potential damage. Stay warm and cozy!

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Sunday River Real Estate
Sunday River Real Estate serves the greater Bethel community and is the official real estate agency of Sunday River Ski Resort, working with buyers and sellers of all types of property across the region. Whether you're looking for a slopeside condominium, an old farm house, a new chalet or the perfect piece of land to build on, we're here to help you make this place your home.