Water is the source of life. It is a part of everyone’s daily routines. Hence it is a necessity. No one can choose not to live without water. It is because, without water, people will be vulnerable.
But if the water is mishandled, it can cost pretty expensive, especially when it is winter. It will bring damage to your house. For example, it can happen in the ceiling, pipes, walls, and any other parts. Most of them are because of a clogged water flow.
Aside from those problems, water can be affecting people’s well-being. For example, their physical health or the mood that they have when they start the day. Therefore, it is essential to know how to prepare your house, especially for the winter season, to prevent unwanted spending.
Every little detail matters
Before the winter is coming, here are the essential things you have to inspect. These are the preparations to know what to be repaired before meeting the season.
1. Heating System
Double-check the heating system because it will be impacting people’s convenience when the winter comes. Make sure there is no problem with the installation. If you notice that something is off, you should not wait until it causes you problems. Fixing the heating system in winter will cost you more money than repairing the minor mistake before it gets worse.
2. Water Heater
As important as the heating system, the water heater is a necessity in winter. Having yourself to wash your face or take a bath with cold-freezing water will put your well-being in danger. Thus, inspect the water heater installation. Just like the heating system, if you encounter some problems with your water heater, fix them.
3. Gap and Gutters Inspection
Air leaks are the last thing you want to experience in winter. It is impacting the performance of the heating system. It needs more energy to keep the house warm. Hence, brings the additional cost on your electricity bills. Thus, to prevent air leaks, make a thorough inspection, specifically, around the doors and the windows.
The next common problem that people will face in winter is the ice dams. Ice dams will cause severe damage to your house. Sometimes it is caused by the clogged gutters.
Get them done through action
After you are done with the inspections, it is time for you to take your actions. It is because the problems will not fix themselves.
1. Call the Professionals
General people are mostly incapable of dealing with the heating system and water heater problems. Wrong steps of fixing the device can cause a bigger problem. It will cost more expensive to repair. Hence, asking the professionals to help you is the right call to make.
2. Clean the Gutters
Clogged gutters will cause more than ice dams. It affects the flow of the water on your rooftop. It may cause water leaks, roof leaks, impacting your ceiling and walls. It is all just because you don’t clean the gutters and clogged the water flow.
To save yourself from spending much money, make sure to clean the gutters occasionally. Remove the leaves and debris to let the melting snow and ice flow freely without creating a dam. Make sure to add this to your cleaning list.
3. Turn the Faucet On
When the temperature is going down and becomes too cold, you have to turn on the faucet. It will be keeping the water moving and keep them from freezing inside the pipes.
But turning the faucet on doesn’t mean setting them to the maximum volume. You can let the water drips to prevent too much waste on water. Remember the reason: to keep the water moving.
4. Let the Cabinets Open
Let the cabinets open (especially your kitchen and bathroom cabinets) to allow the warm air circulation around your plumbing. The pipes in outside walls are usually the most vulnerable when they are in cold weather. The bursting pipes will cause a lot of trouble and cost a lot of money.
5. Keep the Temperature Warm
If you plan to have a vacation outside your house, you still have to keep your house warm. It may increase the electricity bill, but it will save you from fixing the bursting pipes. Which will cost a lot more than your electricity bill.
Set the temperature around 55 until 65 degrees and no lower than that. But the better act of prevention (if you are leaving your house for some period of time) is to have the water system drained by the professionals. It will prevent water leaks and bursting pipes.
Most of the winter problems are related to the water flow. How the clogged gutters will lead to severe structural damage, and how the dripping water from your faucet will save you from the bursting pipes. Aside from those problems, you have to keep your eyes on your surrounding as well. For example, if there is a dying tree near your house, make sure to trim its branches. It prevents them from harming your house.
Keep your eyes open, although the winter vibe brings a cozy and lazy atmosphere. You have to keep your home safe and convenient.