Well, truthfully right before winter hits is one of the best times. Why? Because winter can be hard on a home. When it gets cold, it puts even more strain on your home than normal. And for most people, a home just works. But the reality is they’re made up of a bunch of complex systems that all must work together in order to provide you with the level of comfort you’ve grown accustomed to. But any time of year is bad for a key component of your home to stop working, but no time is worse than the winter. So here are some things you should consider inspecting to make sure they work properly throughout the cold and often damp winter months we get in Tennessee.
We asked Restorationeze of Nashville owner Chris Makey what systems were most likely to cause water damage to a home during the winter months. “Normally what we see during a cold snap is pipes bursting. In some cases the pipe in question was an outside faucet head that froze enough to where it burst inside the home. Other times a home’s attic will house plumbing pipes that weren’t properly insulated. If it gets cold enough, these pipes can freeze and expand. They either burst during the expansion or even burst when they shrink back down as it starts to warm.”
Make sure you’ve walked the entirety of your property and insulated any exposed pipes. If your crawlspace or attic houses pipes, make sure those are insulated as well. Here’s a quick video showing you how to do that
Roofs get the brunt of any bad weather during the winter. If they have weaknesses, the winter months are going to bring those weaknesses out. Even the slightest issues, like a damaged asphalt shingle, can create a big problem for your house. Notably, water damage in your attic that can lead to black mold problems. You should always inspect your roof prior to winter to proactively deal with any problems that can only get worse when cold weather and/or snow arrive.
Furnace or other heating system
This should be a no-brainer, but you would be really surprised at just how few homeowners actually proactively maintain their furnace. Again, it just seems like one of those systems that works great and you take it for granted, right up until it stops working and the outside temps are in the teens. At that point, you and everyone in town is calling looking for an HVAC company and it could be 48 hours or more until someone can help you.
These are just some of the things you should be inspecting and maintaining in the lead up to winter. Don’t be like so many other homeowners and ignore the vital systems that keep your home a comfortable place only to have them fail when you need them most. As with any home maintenance plan, it’s so much cheaper to proactively address these systems than to retroactively fix them once they break down!