Winter Home Maintenance Tips: A New Homeowner's Guide


When you move into a new home, there are numerous factors and elements that you will need to take care of and get used to. After all, every home has its own unique quirks and needs. However, when the winter months come around, there are certain tasks that are vitally important to any home and any homeowner. Get to know some of the home maintenance and repair tasks that you will need to keep up on this winter so that you can have a home that is warm, cozy, and safe this winter.

Heating Maintenance and Repairs

Of all of the components of your home, your heating system is the most important during the winter months. You want to be sure that early in the season, you take a good look at your heater so that you can be sure it will last you all through the season without breaking down.

First and foremost, you should change the furnace filter before you first fire up your heating system. Continue to change the filter every four to six weeks during the cold season to ensure that you have clean and pure air in your home. Clean furnace filters will also prevent clogs and potential fire hazards inside your heating system.

If you notice any inconsistencies in your heating from room to room in your home, or you hear loud, strange noises coming from your furnace, contact an HVAC specialist, like those at A Bailey Plumbing, for heating repairs as soon as possible. You can prevent more serious and catastrophic damage to your heating system later on down the road by doing so.

Roofing and Gutter Maintenance

Early in the winter, preferably before the first snowfall, you will want to get up on your roof and take a look around. Clean out your gutters of any leaves and other debris to prevent them from overflowing and developing mold or other issues during the winter and then the spring that follows.

On top of clearing out your gutters, you will also want to take a good look at the roof itself. Pay attention to any missing shingles, curled or cracked shingles or any signs of rot or decay. If you notice any of these issues, contact a roofing contractor to come in and fix the damage. If you do not do so the moisture and weight of the snow and ice can cause damage to your underlying roofing structure including leaks or even total roof collapse.

Now that you know a few of the winter home maintenance and repair tasks that you need to pay attention to this winter, you can get started and ensure that your home is well-maintained all winter long.


28 November 2015

Furniture to Grow Old With

Even as a child, I was an indoor person. Despite the fact that I lived on a ranch and had a hundred acres of land to roam on, I preferred reading a book while sitting in the most comfortable recliner in my home. I’m referring to that soft, plush, and luxurious piece of furniture that you absolutely have to force yourself to get out of. When I became a homeowner, my primary quest was to find a suitable replacement for my childhood retreat. I researched, examined, and sat in numerous chairs before I finally found the one, the beautiful tan piece of furniture that I wanted to grow old with. On this blog, I want to share with others the importance of buying the perfect furniture items for your home, the ones you never will want to part with.