What are some winter maintenance tips for my home?

Mr. Handyman Offers Winter Home Maintenance Advice

house roof covered in snow

With winter in full swing, it’s important to prepare your home for any weather-related problems that may occur during these colder months. Being proactive reduces your chance for home maintenance issues down the road.

Make sure your furnace filters are replaced in a timely manner, typically every 90 days. Filters collect allergens and other debris; if they aren’t changed regularly, the dirt builds up and makes your furnace less efficient. Drain your water heater annually to remove sediment from the bottom of the tank, preventing the heater from rusting out. Installing a humidifier prevents dryness in the house, lessens static electricity, and creates a more comfortable living environment.

Your dryer vent should be cleaned of lint and other debris; buildup in the vent blocks air flow and could lead to a lint fire. Check sink faucet aerators and shower heads for mineral deposits and sediment to increase water flow and reduce clogs.

Check your attic insulation, and make sure the space is well vented. Clogged vents keep air from circulating, which can lead to ice dams forming on the roof. Water can run down the roof, freeze over the soffit, and back up into the house, causing a lot of interior damage.

Check windows and doors for air leaks, and seal them to prevent drafts from entering the home. Check the weather stripping under each door that leads outside. A drafty home loses heat, resulting in high utility bills.

Check that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, and remove dust buildup from the sensor inside each case. Change the batteries once each year.

For assistance with any of these home maintenance projects, contact Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale. Their skilled technicians have an average of 10 years of professional experience in the handyman services industry. They’re fully insured, bonded, and conduct background checks; all work is guaranteed.

Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale

245 W. Roosevelt Road #69

West Chicago