Winter means wet, whether you live in rain country or snow country.
Wet is good. It replenishes our reservoirs, waters our crops, and gives us water for drinking, bathing, swimming, etc.
However…. Having water move from outside your home into your walls or into your home can lead to very expensive home repairs.
Although preventing water damage is my primary financial focus, this post is about everything you should do. The water damage prevention items are marked below as such.
There are many simple inexpensive things you can do before winter gets here that help your house be more comfortable, use less energy, and be less susceptible to water damage.
1) Change your furnace filter and consider having your furnace inspected. An well maintained furnace with clean filters uses a bit less fuel.
2) Install a fireplace cap to keep rain from entering the chimney. If the fireplace hasn’t been cleaned for a while, have it cleaned.
3) If you can see daylight through the edges of any of your doors, replace your weather stripping.
4) This one is a little more involved, but still cheap. Get and install the foam inserts for electrical switches and outlets. This help seal air leaks.
Water Damage Prevention Task
5) Clean your gutters and install LeafDefier, at least over the tops of the downspouts. When your downspouts clog, the water can touch the roof sheathing and “wick” up under the roof tiles.
6) This one is more important than most people realize….. Get some clear and paint-able caulk, and go around the outside of your home and caulk any gaps and/or cracks; in stucco, around windows, around doors. This helps ensure that rain water stays outside the walls, where it belongs.
The above suggestions are all cheap AND EFFECTIVE.
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