Last week on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow which means winter is here to stay for least six more weeks. The annual tradition in Punxsutawney, PA has been going on since 1886 but Phil isn’t always the most predictable weatherman. In fact, he’s only correct about 50% of the time but he did accurately call an early Spring last year. It looks like he’s on pace for another spot on prediction as the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for cold and snow through late March in the Northeast. As we deal with what’s left of winter, it’s a great time to check on your home and make sure it’s as safe and comfortable as possible with this February home maintenance checklist.
Remove excess snow and ice dams from roof and gutters
It may have been a fairly mild winter thus far but it’s still far from over. Whenever there is a significant amount of snowfall, homeowners should make sure to clear that snow and ice from their roof and gutters. Not only do you want to keep that excess weight off of your roof but you also want to make sure to prevent ice dams from forming. Ice dams can actually form with little to no accumulation of snow and can severely damage your gutter system. Make sure that your roof and gutters are always clear in order to protect your home.
Check windows and doors for drafts
If you’ve noticed that your heating cost is on the rise, it could be due to drafty windows and doors. In fact, not only can windows and doors allow cold air to enter your home, they can also bring in moisture and unwanted critters. The source of the draft needs to be identified and addressed immediately in order to fix the energy drain on your home. A home improvement professional can recommend whether or not the issues are large enough to replace or repair your windows and/or doors.
Clean and inspect entryway floors
Winter weather can wreak havoc on the floors of your home, especially in the entry areas where the most foot traffic occurs. Snow, ice, mud, salt, and other snow-melting materials can cause lots of damage to both carpeted and hardwood flooring. Utilizing mats and regular cleanings can take care of some of the problems but if you’ve already noticed excessive wear or scratches on your floors, it’s time to call in a professional to take a look at the damage and begin the repair process.
Freshen up interior paint
The winter months tend to keep us cooped up inside our homes which leaves us more time to think about what we’d like to improve upon. Painting the interior is a great way to freshen up your living space and improve the overall quality of your home. It can make a room feel brand new and even increase the overall value of your home. Plus, as an added bonus, updating the paint can reduce dirt, dust, and other allergens which dramatically improves air quality for a healthier living area as well.
Ready to mark off items on your February home maintenance checklist? Contact the experts at Brothers Remodeling Group online at 203-331-5319 for a free estimate! As a full service contractor, we offer a variety of winter weather services including ice dam prevention and removal, replacement windows and doors, floor repair and new floor installation, interior painting, and more. We proudly work with homeowners throughout Fairfield County and New Haven County, CT.