Whether we want to admit it or not, summer is well and truly over. In fact, autumn is past too. This means we have winter to deal with and all of the household problems that come with it. As magical as the cold and festive months can be, the wind, rain, and snow can wreak havoc on your homestead, causing an uncomfortable and, sometimes, even impossible living situation. Here are six winter problems you may face and how to prevent them.
6 Common Winter Problems Around The Homestead
Formed by a buildup of ice and snow in your guttering, ice dams are one of the major winter problems throughout winter. They lead to damage to your walls and leaks in your roof. They also often create large and dangerous icicles. These can fall and harm any people or property below. To prevent this issue, you should clean out your guttering on a regular basis and check that it is draining as it should.
Although many assume “homesteading” to mean living completely off the grid, this isn’t always the case. In fact, many homesteaders choose to take advantage of the comforts provided by the modern age. These include heating their homes with a boiler. Of course, when this boiler breaks down, it can cause problems, which is why you should have it serviced sooner rather than later. This prevents it from becoming yet another of the winter problems.
Pest infestation is one of the most common winter problems. It may be cold outside, but your home is toasty warm. This is what makes it so attractive to pests outdoors, especially mice and rats. If you find signs of pests on your property, you can call professionals, like Future Services, to deal with the problem. Until that happens, you should block all potential entry points for pests and avoid leaving food or water out in the open.
House fires occur much more frequently throughout winter than they do throughout summer. The main reason for this is people lighting fires before ensuring that their chimneys have been professionally cleaned. The simple remedy for this problem is calling in those pros to clean yours. You should also make sure you only burn wood, rather than trash or paper to avoid these types of winter problems.
Roof damage can go unnoticed for months throughout the warmer months when there is less rain forecast. However, the moment a storm hits, you could be flooded out of your own home. Even the smallest of leaks can cause major damage, costing you time and money you can’t afford to lose. This can add to the number of winter problems you may have to deal with. This is why you should check for roof damage before the weather gets any worse.
Small draughts in your property won’t cause injury or damage, but they can make your life increasingly uncomfortable. You’ll find it difficult to stay warm and spend more and more money trying to do so. Instead of this, you should take a look around your property checking for and blocking any entryways for cold air. You may also want to improve your insulation so you can avoid these types of winter problems.
Many winter problems can be prevented with some basic preparation, so ensure you follow the advice above and keep your property safe and warm this winter.
I’ve had to deal with some of these issues in the past. Hopefully there won’t be any issues this winter! (Knock on wood!) Thanks for sharing!
Oh no! I hope you are done dealing with all of the issues! Have a wonderful Christmas!
We always try to take care of these problems ahead of time by checking and going over everything. Maintance is key to being prepared.
Maintenance is important when owning your own home. Without doing routine maintenance you are asking for issues! Merry Christmas!
Great tips and I agree with everyone. We use a wood pellet stove and have to keep our chimney clean – it can definitely through time builds up suet. We are sure to keep our gutters cleaned out because that definitely can cause a big problem. Pest infestation is always a problem so I buy safe non-toxic cedar and peppermint packs that the mice hate the smell of and we put other non-toxic types of poison in areas where they tend to come in. I have found that the mini drafts can cause so much cold air to come in and its important to make sure you have proper sealing and insulation. Thanks for all the great tips & have a healthy, happy & blessed Christmas and holiday season.
THanks Marla for the information you shared. I wasn’t aware of the peppermint and cedar packs available! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful Christmas!
This is some very useful information. As with most things preparation is key.
Wow, snow really creates so much more to do around the homestead! We’ve had houses where every time it rained we worried about whether there would be roofing issues, etc. I couldn’t imagine what snow could do to the integrity of a home! Great info!
After 20+ years living in the north and then moving to Florida, I forgot about the damage snow can do! It is most certainly something to be watchful of!
Good post! There’s lots to do to keep warm and happy in the winter, but cleaning out the chimney if you have one is a definite MUST! Getting it going hot enough is really important, too.
Absolutely! My daughter is a firefighter and she puts out house fires all the time because of people not cleaning out there chimney!
This is why regular maintenance is so important each and every season. Found you on Homestead Blog Hop.
I found your article interesting. Appreciate all the efforts that you have put here. Thank you for a helpful guide!