There are some things that can become damaged in the winter, resulting in a high repair bill for you. To prevent this from happening, below are two things you should take care of. Some of these things you can do on your own and others will require a professional.
If you have a septic tank at your home, you should consider getting it pumped if you have not done this in a while. In most cases, a septic tank should be pumped every couple of years. If you are not sure when your septic tank was last pumped, you can check how much sludge is inside of it yourself.
Get a long pole and wrap four to five feet of towels around the end of it. Make sure the towels are rough side out. The pole needs to be long enough so that it reaches the bottom of the tank. Push the pole into the septic tank through the inspection pipe until it reaches the bottom.
Rotate the pole slowly a few times and then let it sit for a few minutes. After this time, slowly pull the pole out.
You will see black particles on the towels, which is the sludge. If the sludge is very thick, such as more than a foot, you should have the septic tank pumped and cleaned by a professional septic tank company such as The Outhouse.
Another thing you need to check outside is the roof on your home. Inspect the roof for any missing or cracked shingles. If you see any, you need to replace these shingles or cold air may come through and into the attic of your home. Once this happens, this cold air can get inside the home, causing your heating bills to go up. Missing shingles can also cause water to leak into the attic from rains and snow that melts on the roof.
While you are checking the roof, take time to check the gutters also. If you notice any that are sagging or any part of the gutters are missing, you should replace them with new gutters.
The flashing should also be checked. Flashing are made of metal and you will find flashing around anything that protrudes up from your roof, such as vents, skylights, or chimneys. This flashing prevents water from getting inside your home. If you notice that the flashing is damaged in any way, such as dented or rusted, you need to replace it.
Contact a roofing repair company if you need help with any of the above. They can also ensure you have no problems with your roof.
Take time to check these two things before the really cold weather moves in to make it much easier for you.