warm is top of mind for many homeowners this upcoming winter, it is important
to note that in order to stay warm and dry, homes must first be functioning
properly," says Bill Jacques, American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
president. "A home inspection can help homeowners prioritize maintenance
projects as the seasons change and weather becomes more severe."
recommends fall as the ideal time to begin home inspector consultations and any
necessary home repairs. Maintenance costs are generally lower when homeowners
proactively prepare their home for winter weather instead of waiting to fix
issues that appear.
may want to consult with a professional home inspector on winterizing projects,
Cleaning gutters and downspouts - When ice damming occurs, water cannot drain
from gutters and can sometimes seep into the home and damage ceilings and walls.
Roof, siding and shutter repairs - Heavy rains and high winds can call for
window protection from shutters and the necessity of a sturdy exterior and roof
for protection. ASHI recommends inspecting your roof, siding and shutters at
least once a year.
Caulking cracks to stop cold drafts - Worn-out weather stripping around doors
and windows allows cold air to seep into the home, which increases heating
Inspecting chimneys - Adding a cap or screen to the top of a chimney will
prevent birds nesting or animals entering. ASHI also recommends inspecting the
damper for proper operation and checking mortar between bricks.
Checking batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors - Many fires or cases
of carbon monoxide poisoning occur during cooler months due to an increase in
furnace and other heat source usage. If you have gas appliances, you need a CO
detector for increased safety.
time to get serious about necessary home repairs is before the temperature
starts dropping," says Jacques. "Once winter weather begins and your
home has problems, you will be wasting money each month, so think about getting
your home professionally inspected so you can keep the home in good condition
and reduce problems from lack of maintenance. ASHI-certified home inspectors
can help identify problems so you can keep your home in good condition."
Denverhomeowners can find an ASHI inspector by visiting
www.ashi.org. The ASHI "Find a Home Inspector" directory allows
homeowners to locate an inspector in their area, by language preferences or
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