It’s cold here in the Mid Atlantic! Nearby in Baltimore, our many neighbors are experiencing an immense amount of burst pipes. Now is the time to make sure you tackle these important home maintenance tasks before it gets even colder.
1. Protect your pipes
When temps dip below freezing, unprotected pipes can burst from exposure. The risk of frozen pipes is actually highest in southern climes, where colder temps are less common and pipes are less likely to have the insulation needed to protect them from bursting. (Temperatures of 20 degrees Fahrenheit pose the greatest threat to pipes in unheated areas.)
2. Give your oven some lovin’
Improperly sealed ovens can result in a loss of more than 20% of the machine’s heat, leading to longer cooking times, lost energy and (most importantly) delayed cookie gratification.
3. Check your insulation
Improve the efficiency of your pad by checking your attic’s insulation. Fresh insulation in your attic has the potential of saving up to $600 a year in energy costs.
4. Prevent ice damming
Ice what-ing, you ask? It turns out, an ice dam—a ridge of frozen water that forms at the edge of your roof—is even more fearsome than the average run-of-the-mill icicle. Left untreated, ice dams can prevent water from running off your roof, resulting in leaks and damage to walls, ceilings and insulation.
5. Get secure
As the days get shorter and dark sets in early, burglaries and break-ins increase. That’s why you should be extra-vigilant during the winter — all those daily Amazon Prime deliveries are just too tempting for package thieves.
Before the next giant snowstorm, make sure you get all these tasks ticked of your list. Feeling like the list is too much to tackle and you’d like to consider a condo with no maintenance task? Contact us and we’ll help you find the perfect one.