4 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter in Kansas City
Gutters, Downspouts and Splash Blocks
Leaves and dirt often fill the gutters and downspouts preventing the rain, snow and melted ice from properly channeling out through the gutter system. This can lead to some costly repairs down the road, especially from wood rot. Also, check your downspouts for flow through with a hose and position the splash blocks so that the rain flows away from the foundation of your home.
For gutter and downspout cleaning, you may call Crestwood Roofing at 913-424-0709. We can help you directly or recommend a qualified professional.
Home Energy Efficiency Inspection and Upgrades
A home energy efficiency inspection and upgrade will include: caulking any cracks and crevices, closing any storm windows to prevent cold air from entering your home, and generally putting barriers that would prevent cold air from entering your home unnecessarily, such as, increasing your insulation in the walls and attic and considering new energy-saving windows or siding.
For home energy efficiency inspections, repairs and upgrades, you may call Crestwood Roofing at 913-424-0709. We can help you directly or recommend a qualified professional.
Chimney Inspection, Cleaning and Maintenance
Your chimney needs at least an inspection before use in the winter. Have the chimney, surrounding areas, flashing, cap, etc. inspected by a qualified person. If necessary, the chimney can be cleaned and cracked parts replaced.
For chimney work, we like Dana at Chimney Medic: http://www.chimneymedic.com
Dana is a fireman, knows his chimneys and serves all of the extended Kansas City Metro area.
Remember to disconnect your hose from the spigot to prevent ice from rupturing the line into your home. This scenario does not end well. Also, drain and roll your hoses so that ice does not ruin them for next year.
Hire an Insured Contractor
Climbing on your roof and around your home is dangerous. Hire an insured contractor to do this work. They are used to the requirements of the job and know their safety protocols. As always, when preparing to make a list of a few reputable contractors, ask family and friends for referrals. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau, particularly if you are new in the area. Ask the contractor for a free inspection. Most contractors respect the fact that you are sincere about the maintenance and upkeep of your home. They will typically work with you on the inspection pricing when you hire them for service and repairs. Also, they often give you tips on your home’s upkeep for free. Always check the references and insurance coverage of the contractor and get an itemized proposal. They ultimately want to be hired by you to make any necessary repairs. If repairs are warranted, consider seeing what needs to be done now and perhaps the balance can be completed in the springtime in order to spread the cost over time.