Here’s a few tips from your friendly locally-owned real estate company in Moberly, MO. Advantage Real Estate.
Buy a $3 Protector for Your Outdoor Faucet
Here in Randolph County, the temperatures can drop drastically to dangerous levels. A tiny $3 prevention could save a lot of money later. A little frozen water can do an abundant amount of damage. The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet, drain it, add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes. Buy them now! They sell out quick when the weatherman predicts colder weather.
Make sure any exposed pipes in an unheated basement or garage are insulated. Wrap pipes with foam plumbing insulation — before the weather drops.
Clean Your Gutters and Add Insulation to Prevent Ice Dams.
Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam (a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents melting snow and ice from flowing through your gutters). These icy blocks can lead to expensive roofing repairs. Insulation is the key to prevention. The climate here in Moberly Missouri can change in a matter of minutes. Ice dams, icicles, and ice buildup on the gutters is a symptom of not enough insulation in the attic. No matter where you live, you need at least 14 inches of insulation in your attic.
If it looks like you’re living inside a waterfall when it rains, water is missing your gutter system completely. It’s being directed to your foundation instead. And a water-damaged foundation is never, ever cheap to fix. But a worse problem, one that requires a foundation excavation or rebuild, can set you back $30,000 or more. If you were considering selling your home in Randolph County in the future, you would want to prevent this expensive damage. A pro can do the work for anywhere between $70 and $250, depending on the size of your gutter system.
Seal Up Leaks
Cracks can be easily anbd inexpensively sealed with a simple tube of caulk, and it’s available in hundreds of colors to match your window panes, outside siding, and even brick. not sure where to caulk? Look for visible cracks around window sills, baseboards, fireplace or dryer vents, and anywhere something inside pokes a hole to the outside.
Get a Furnace Tune-Up And a Fireplace Inspection
You could be cutting five years off the life of your system and increase energy bills if you don’t get your furnace serviced annually. It is recommended to replace the furnace filter, which cleans the air in your home, and also keeps your furnace coils cleaner, which can save you up to 15% off your energy bill. It is suggested also to change the filter out at least every three months, but possibly as often as monthly if you have allergies, pets, or smoke cigarettes at home. It’s extremely important to get an inspection to your fireplace and chimney. If you don’t, a fire can cost you thousands of dollars, not to mention the rist to you and your family. It is strongly recommended to make your maintenance appointment before the temperatures drop.