It’s that time of year in Chicago where everyone is gearing up for the cold weather that will soon be upon us. Have you thought about your home’s preparation for the winter weather? The rain, snow, and cold can cause a slew of problems for your home that can lead to major damage. If you take care of these now, you will protect your home while also preventing expensive unnecessary repairs down the road. Here are a few things you will want to make sure are taken care of before the winter weather hits.
Arguably the most important unit in your home when the winter hits is your furnace. Have you been actively changing the furnace filter? Any signs that it may be ready to give out? We are here to help. Most heating and air systems typically last 12 to 15 years. It’s much better to find a furnace problem in the warmer temperatures of the fall than it is to find your furnace doesn’t work on a sub zero day.
Whether you have siding, brick or another outside exterior, it is imperative to make sure that it is sealed and ready to handle the stresses of the winter. There are a variety of sealant solutions that can be applied to masonry work. Siding can be fixed and patched to prevent any unnecessary moisture as well. Preventing moisture from entering your home will prevent drywall damage as well as insulation damage.
If your concrete is cracking and damage is already visible, the salt that melts the snow will not do any favors. Landau Real Estate can place control joints in your concrete to try to ensure cracking is limited. Take the time to inspect your concrete and fill in any cracks before you apply sealer so that water cannot get in and freeze over the winter. This should ensure your expensive concrete work lasts a very long time.
Your gutters will be stressed over the winter months. With heavy snow and rain, the cleaning of your gutters is important. Make sure your gutters are completely clean of the fall leaves as well as any other things that can fall in during the windy fall months. If you have gutters that are loose or damaged you will want to make sure those are corrected before winter arrives.
Doors & Windows
Are you feeling a draft come in through your windows and doors now? If you are, it will only get worse. Check your doors and windows closely for gaps and areas that may cause a draft. Use weatherstripping or caulk to seal them up, or consider replacing the windows or doors if the problem is severe enough.
Drainage is extremely important during winter. Check to see if the soil around your foundation hasn’t settled, which allows water to pool at your foundation. Also make sure to check your rain gutter downspouts. Make sure water is getting moved away from the home. Add downspout extenders if necessary. Saturated soil around a foundation can create real problems as it freezes and thaws throughout the winter months.
As we exit fall and enter winter, these items are an absolute must to address. Landau Real Estate is equipped with all the capabilities to solve any of these problems. If you are concerned with your home’s condition to handle a cold Chicago winter, contact us for assistance in getting your home prepared.