Minnesota Handyman Maintenance and Repair
As the cold weather approaches and the first snowflakes begin to fall, it is important to ensure your home is winter-ready. There are plenty of simple ways to winterize your home without breaking the bank, with a positive effect on lowering your heating bills.
Prepare Your Home For Winter
Every home needs repairs from time to time. In spite of your best maintenance efforts, you may have a number of areas that need upkeep and repair, trim that needs to be replaced, cracks in the wall, drawers, doors or windows that stick and other assorted things that need fixing.
By following these steps you’ll avoid expensive repairs later and keep your home safe & efficient.
- Check Outdoor Paint for Peeling, Cracking & Proper Coverage Peeling & cracking can allow moisture to get behind the paint and cause rotting and possible interior leaks. Caulk, prime, and paint before it gets cold in the winter.
- Inspect Attic for Insulation and Leak Stains – Insulation should be at least R-19 and you need to look for stains to determine leaks. Water will stain the insulation and since insulation can hold 30 times its weight and still feel dry to the touch, testing by touching it doesn’t work. Make sure insulation is not covering any soffit vents and add an exhaust fan if ventilation is inadequate. To check for leak sources, check during the day without any lights on. Any areas where light shines through are places where water can come through too and needs to be repaired.
- Inspect Caulking, Weather Stripping, Door Transitions, Exterior Trim, Gutters & Downspouts – If you can see outside or feel air coming in through these areas, stopping the air flow will keep the heat inside your home in the winter and reduce your heating bills. Clogged gutters can lead to termite infestation, unwanted moisture and mold issues around the building envelope, unhealthy landscaping conditions, and damaged insulation. Cleaning gutters four times a year (as recommended with unguarded gutters) can be both expensive and, as with any trip up the ladder to the roof, dangerous for the homeowner. Gutters can be cleaned with the high-pressure nozzle of a garden hose after any debris is removed. Remember any roofing nails or shingle pieces in the gutters mean you should inspect the roof as well. An unchecked roof leak could cause wood rot, compromised insulation, and even lead to mold infestation.
- Go Through the Garage/Sheds and Move Temperature Sensitive Products to a Warmer Area – Any water-based products like latex paint will be damaged by freezing.
- Change Furnace Air Filters – Filter out allergens and keep your furnace running efficiently by changing your air filters. We recommend microbial type filters. Change monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.
- Check and Change Light bulbs as needed
- Consider Pressure Washing your vinyl siding and deck
- Inspect Repairs and Replace Screens & Install Storm Doors
- Test All Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detectors – push the button on the unit to check it – a few minutes doing this each month could save your family’s life in a fire.
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