As a new homeowner, the last thing you want to have to worry about is property damage. But with the colder seasons fast approaching, the potential for weather-related damage is real.
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can prepare your new home for fall and winter without breaking your budget. Here are a few tips you can use to stay safe and secure for the rest of the year.
Save on repairs by investing in inspections
Experts recommend having your roof inspected once or twice a year under normal circumstances. Spring and fall are usually the best times for these inspections because they ensure your roof is not only prepared for the winter weather but also that it hasn't been severely damaged by that same weather.
When you have your roof inspected, as well as any other part of your home, you can save money by catching necessary repairs before they become major issues It's always easier to repair a few shingles on your roof than to repair an ice dam.
Remember to wrap your pipes
According to Plumbing Manufacturers International, up to 13.7% of water use is the result of plumbing leaks. Unfortunately, with the weather getting colder, water leaks aren't the only potential problem you need to worry about.
Without proper insulation, your new home's water pipes can freeze and burst, leading to major water damage and plumbing problems. That said, be sure to take the time this fall to insulate your pipes and wrap them good.
When the temperature outside begins to drop in earnest, keep the doors to your cupboards under your sink open to let the warm air from inside reach your plumbing system.
Have your furnace serviced and avoid space heaters
If you notice your home is a little on the chillier side, avoid using a space heater to keep you warm. Space heaters increase the risk of life-threatening house fires. House fires are responsible for 73% of fire-related fatalities in Canada, and house fires occur in the U.S. every 86 seconds.
Instead of using a space heater, make sure your home is well-insulated and that you're servicing your furnace regularly. As we mentioned before, inspections and servicing can help you catch problems before they lead to expensive disasters like breakdowns.
A newer furnace will need professional servicing approximately once every two years while older units need servicing at least once a year. Check your furnace's manual to determine the steps you need to take for furnace maintenance.
Be sure that your home's carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly, too. While the average home consumes 40% less natural gas today than it did 40 years ago, carbon monoxide poisoning remains one of the greatest dangers of owning a gas furnace.
It can be tricky to keep your home safe and secure during the colder months when you're on a budget. After all, new roofing shingles don't grow on trees. But, by following the tips above, you can keep the chilly weather from damaging your new house without breaking your bank account.