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The cold and harsh winter weather can cause all kinds of things to break in your home. Here are just a few common things that need repairing in the winter, how to fix them and how to prevent future damage.
Heating systems have a tendency to break down in the winter – this is usually a result of heavy usage during these cold months. As soon as your heating breaks, you’ll want to look into heating repair immediately so that your home doesn’t get too cold.
Heating problems can often be prevented by getting your boiler, electric heater or furnace serviced annually during the summer months. Be wary of the age of your heating – after ten or twenty years, you may find that your heating is overdue for an upgrade, at which point problems are more likely to occur.
Roofing also has a tendency to get damaged in the winter. A small crack in your roof could let in rainwater and cause water damage to the rest of your home. Ice and snow can also cause further damage by getting into cracks and expanding when freezing. On top of this, any cracks will affect insulation, letting heat escape and allowing cold drafts in.
As soon as you notice any damage, it’s worth looking into roof repair. The sooner you get the problem fixed, the easier and cheaper it will be to repair the damage. Getting your roof inspected in the summer could allow you to fix any cracks or loose tiles before, preventing further damage in the winter.
Guttering can often get damaged in the winter. Blockages of leaves can cause water to pool in guttering. This water can then freeze as temperatures drop, expanding and causing guttering to crack or even come loose.
You’ll want to clear out and fix your guttering as soon as this happens – frozen guttering can cause great damage when it falls. Clearing out leaves in late fall could help prevent blockages and damage from ice.
Windows also regularly get damaged in winter. Water can penetrate small cracks in the window frames, freeze and expand. This causes these cracks to become larger and could eventually put your window at risk of falling out. If anything, these cracks will let in water – which could lead to a mold problem.
If you notice cracks in the seals or frames of your windows, consider looking into window repair. If spotted early, you may be able to prevent the need for a full window replacement.
Old doors can also become damaged in the winter. The wood may expand, causing doors to become stiff and making them hard to open/close. As with windows, freezing temperatures can similarly make cracks in your door or door frame worse if moisture gets in. Such cracks could also let in rainwater or drafts.
Doors will need to be replaced as soon as they become damaged, both to keep the elements out and to keep your home secure. Like windows, you may be able to reduce the need for a replacement by getting any damage repaired early.