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Conduct Inspection Houses Before Winter

October 15th, 2009

Considering that the fall season is almost over, home improvement experts are advising homeowners to conduct inspection houses. This way, all defects can be repaired before winter comes. If you do not know where to begin, consider the following guide:

  • Since you will be using your boiler, furnace or stove during the cold days, it would only be wise to check the flue, chimney or vent and look for any signs of damage or blockage. Any damage to these parts is considered to be health hazards since you can be susceptible to carbon-monoxide poisoning. On the other hand, if you are using a fireplace, make sure that it is also working perfectly to minimize the risk of fire.
  • Inspect if your smoke detectors and alarms are working. If needed, replace their batteries.
  • Check your gutters and roof for leaks or other damages. This is also the time to have them cleaned and repaired since the cold temperature will make it difficult.
  • As far as your heating system is concerned, homeowners should consider hiring a professional to conduct the inspection houses. The inspector will check the system’s efficiency as well as safety.
  • Inspect the attic’s insulation. If your attic is poorly-insulated, you are actually letting warm air escape. Check local building codes and determine if you meet the minimum insulation requirements.
  • Check your doors, windows and other openings for cracks and broken glass.
  • Make sure you inspect the foundation of your home for signs of plumbing leaks, decayed wood, pest entry and other damages.
  • Replace lights especially those located outside. You would not want to do this during a snowstorm or other unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Remove and store garden hoses to avoid faucets from getting damaged which could lead to interior leaks that may not be discovered until too late.
  • Change the filters in your furnace since this could be source of heating inefficiency. In addition, you and your family will enjoy cleaner air.

If you are worried about other possible defects in your home which could make your winter problematic, do not hesitate to call someone who is considered to be an expert in inspection houses.

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