12 Things Homeowners Neglect Every Winter
There are some things you do around the house regularly to help with upkeep and safety—check smoke alarms, wash the windows and repair the chipped tile in the bathroom. But what are you forgetting? Here are 12 things homeowners neglect every winter that they may regret come spring.
Check for Ice Dams
Water melting off the roof pools behind the ice and then seeps back up under the shingles. And sometimes water can work its way 5 or even 10 ft. back up under the shingles. Eventually it drips through the roof into the soffits (the outside overhangs), walls, and worst of all, onto your ceilings.
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Change Furnace Filter
Test the Sump Pump
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Clean the Gutters
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Remove Hoses from outdoor Faucets
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Fix Air Leaks from Windows and Doors
Clean the Chimney