While many prepare to keep their homes warm throughout the coldest months of the year, another important consideration is the safety of the pathways and driveways that allow them to enter and exit each day.
Immediately following the arrival of the first fall frost, homeowners may want to get started on cold weather preparatory tasks to make sure they have just as much comfort in accessing their homes as they do staying warm inside of them. Here are five recommendations to help you and other residents stay safe this winter season when coming to and from your home:
Seal up driveway cracks
Perhaps one of the most time-intensive of chores to prepare for below-freezing temperatures is the sealing of asphalt or concrete driveway or walkway cracks created over time. If left unattended through the cold weather months, cracks can grow larger as a result of physics, so repairs are recommended before temperatures stay consistently below freezing. Applying a sealant to the cracks can provide a temporary fix until the warmer weather, when a coating can be applied to the entire driveway - the latter being something that should be done every few years to prevent further issues, according to Best Pick Reports.
Make necessary repairs
Whether the steps leading up to your home's entrance are made of stone or wood, any loose components such as nails or pieces of tiling can pose as a fall risk during the winter months, especially with the presence of snow or ice. To keep your home's exterior safe for residents and visitors alike, one should tend to any repairs like replacing broken bricks in a walkway or rotting wooden boards on a board or stair set.
Fix the snow blower and have a shovel ready
For owners of homes situated in parts of the country that see high amounts of snowfall during the cold weather months, it's important to keep a sturdy shovel and snow blower on hand in the event they need to clear away a covering of the fluffy stuff to get their car on the road and drive to work. According to Troy-Bilt, one can prepare a snow blower by changing the oil, changing the gas, lubricating the drive and chassis and inspecting the spark plug and belts and if needed, replacing them.
Install lights for night safety/ensure proper roof drainage
One way to further improve the safety around one's home during the cold weather is the installation of lights, especially during Daylight Savings Time when the sun typically sets as many individuals arrive home from work in the late afternoon. A Build Direct blog specifically suggests the use of landscaping lighting, among other types.
Stock up on salt, sand or other melting agents for walkways
Water can present many problems in the winter - aside from blocking walkways in snow form, it can also cause unsuspecting passersby to slip and fall when frozen into ice, including infamous black ice. To combat walkway and driveway icing, homeowners can use salt, sand or other melting agents depending on their limitations. Those who do not want to use a melting agent for any number of reasons can use an ice-breaker.
There is a cost associated with upkeep and routine home maintenance, especially ahead of cold weather. To see if we can help cover the cost of these operations, contact Aqua Finance today.