The temperatures are starting to drop. If you haven't gotten your home ready for the cold weather, it's time to take care of that. You'll need your home to stay warm this winter. Here are three simple steps you need to take to make sure your home stays safe and warm this winter.
Schedule Fireplace Maintenance
If you have a fireplace in your home, now's the time to get it ready for winter – whether you use it for whole-house warmth or just to add some atmosphere to your home. Using your fireplace when it isn't in good shape can put you at risk for serious problems this winter. You need a service, like Allstate Chimney Service, to help with the following:
When it comes to preparing your fireplace for winter use, you need to start with your chimney. Before you use your fireplace this winter, have your chimney and fireplace properly cleaned. During the cleaning, your chimney sweep will be able to identify any problems that should be repaired.
In addition to cleaning the fireplace, it's also important that you inspect the mortar on the exterior of your chimney. Missing or damaged mortar can cause too much air and moisture to get inside the chimney. Not only that but it can also weaken the structural integrity of your chimney. If you have mortar damage, you need to repair that as soon as possible.
When getting your fireplace ready for winter, you'll also need to inspect the flashing around the chimney. If the metal flashing is damaged, be sure to have that repaired or replaced before winter arrives. Missing and damaged flashing can cause your roof to leak. It can also allow pests to get into your home.
Adjust Your Wood Storage Choices
If you store firewood on your property, you probably have it close to your home. Storing your firewood near your home does make it easier to retrieve on those cold winter days, but it also encourages pest problems. The closer your firewood is to your home, the more likely that mice are going to find their way inside this winter. Before the weather turns cold, move your firewood further away from your home. Be sure to get it up off the ground too. Storing your firewood on the ground encourages pest activity and can cause moisture damage to your wood.
Install a Home Humidifier
If you're going to be using your fireplace to heat your home this winter, it's time to install a home humidifier. Fireplaces can dry out the air inside your home, which can lead to increased allergy symptoms, dry skin and nose bleeds. Increasing the moisture in your home will alleviate those problems.