Winter home maintenance tips for Raleigh homeowners is a helpful tool to help avoid costly seasonal issues. Triangle winters have been known to boast varying temperatures from at least three of the four seasons.  One day you could be cleaning your gutters in shorts and a t-shirt and the next you may find yourself dealing with a frozen pipe.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is always the name of the game when it comes to home maintenance.

We hope this short article helps you prepare for the worst and enjoy your home in the process.

 Check Your Gutters and Drainage

With winter comes increased rainfall, so you want to be ready. While cleaning out the gutter isn’t a fun job, it can save you money in the long run. Well maintained gutters can reduce the need to replace them, and the chance of roof damage. A clogged gutter can overflow and break, putting strain on the roof itself. It can also fill with ice, which will cause thawing damage and strains the guttering.

Clean Your Dryer Vents

As the colder months set in, your dryer is likely to get more use. Dyers, if not properly maintained can be a fire hazard.  Removing built-up lint from the dryer can reduce the risk of fire and improve your household energy efficiency.

After you’ve cleaned the lint filter, clean the lint vents located at the back of most dryers.  Once you’ve removed the lint, reconnect the vent and turn your dryer on for around 15 minutes. This forces air through the vents and will blow out any lint that may have been in the tubing or stuck in the outer vent.

 Check Your Electrical System

With the winter months bringing cold weather and days that stay dark for a longer time, the last thing you want is your electrical system to fail.  Before that cold weather sets in, make sure to schedule an electrical home maintenance checkup.  You can check the main service panel for sparking, and inspect the breaker wires for bad insulation and any discolorations.

Seal Leaky Doors and Windows

Check your windows and doors by opening and closing them. When you close the lock, do you notice a gap between the seals?  If you have older windows, you can add new weatherstripping. Once you have changed the weatherstripping on your windows, it’s a good idea to do the same with your doors.  Check the exterior trim for any gaps between it and the door frame. Caulk any gaps with exterior latex caulk.  If a draft comes through the bottom, check the condition of the threshold gasket. If worn, replace it. You can also install a weather-resistant door sweep designed for exteriors.

 Weatherproof Exterior Pipes

Freezing temperatures can cause serious problems for your external pipes. Frozen pipes can crack, and once they thaw, they can release hundreds of gallons of water in a single day. This can lead to serious structural damage.

Check all of your pipes for signs of weakness.  Moisture on faucets and connectors can be a sign of wear and tear. If there is moisture, replace these parts immediately. For extra protection, you can also buy insulating tape to wrap around any exterior pipes.

Winter home maintenance tips for Raleigh homeowners can help protect homes from harsh weather. By weatherproofing, checking your home, and performing preventative maintenance, you can ensure that the cold and wet stays outside.  If you need suggestions for reputable vendors to help keep your Raleigh home in tip top shape for the Winter, feel free to contact me here.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information and trends in the Raleigh area real estate market.