6 Tips by our Building Inspectors to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Building inspector and wife sitting by fireplace in their house on a cold winter day

As the chilly winds of winter approach, it’s essential to ensure your home is prepared to withstand the cold weather ahead. At Home Integrity, we understand the importance of a well-maintained home during the winter season. Here are six tips, approved by our seasoned building inspectors, to get your home winter ready.

1. Pack Away Summer Gear

Before the cold and wind sets in, gather up the loose cushions, the floating unicorn from the pool and all your summer equipment scattered around the yard. Give them a thorough clean and repair any damages. Pack them away securely so they’re ready for use next summer and don’t become projectiles in high winds.

2. Check for Window and Door Leaks

Inspect your windows and doors for any signs of leaks. Seal any gaps or cracks to keep the cold air and moisture outside where they belong. If you have any serious concerns, a building inspector can conduct a detailed assessment and provide recommendations for remediation.

3. Clear Gutters

Clogged gutters can lead to roof leaks and water damage. Ensure your gutters are free of leaves and debris to allow proper drainage. If unsure, seek assistance from professionals to ensure thorough cleaning and maintenance.

4. Inspect and Repair Roof

Inspect the roof for any damaged or missing tiles, or lifted sheeting or capping, especially around vent pipes and chimneys. Replace broken tiles and repair seals to prevent water leaks. Remember to always be safe. If working from heights seek professional advice and assistance.

Internally, check the structure for any failures. For any remedial works you can contact Roof Tie Downs WA from our trade list. They can assess your roof and provide guidance on necessary repairs or replacements.

5. Clean Vents and HVAC Systems

Before shutting off your air conditioning for the winter, clean vents and check the HVAC system to ensure proper functioning. Doing this maintenance step can help prevent issues when you need to use them again in the summer. If you are concerned, get an expert to assess the condition of your HVAC system who can recommend any necessary servicing or repairs.

6. Test Fire Alarms

With the increased use of heaters and fireplaces in winter, it’s crucial to ensure your smoke alarms are working correctly. Replace batteries and test fire alarms to ensure they provide early warning in case of emergencies.

What’s Next?

Follow these six tips and get your home ready to face the challenges of winter.

If you come across any areas of serious concern, it’s a good idea to engage a building Inspector.  A thorough building inspection can pinpoint structural defects and issues that might affect the integrity of your home. They can also provide advice on property maintenance to avoid future issues.

Not sure? Give our team of building inspectors a call on 08 6184 5624 and chat to an expert.  Ready to book? Schedule an inspection today to safeguard your home against winter woes.

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