With autumn now upon us, minds are turning away from the warmth and glow of summer and towards the cold and coziness of winter. But that’s less of a comforting prospect if your home is experiencing drafts and other issues that require the attention of a handyman. So this article will look at what you can do on your own to fix up your home this winter so that it’s water-tight and insulation for the coming of the coolest months of the year.
There will always be issues in your home that you’re aware of. They’ll have been niggling away at you for weeks – even months – and you’ll have been impatient to get them fixed. But then there are also those issues that are harder to locate. This is especially the case in the summer when rainfall is low, and you may not be able to tell if your home has sprung a new leak. As such, one of your first responsibilities, when you’re setting out to fix up your home, is to find all the new issues that have emerged in the past year.
There are several ways to do this. First, next time there is a particularly rainy day, make a note to do a full walk around your home, in every room, and up into the attic space, to check for any signs of encroaching damp. This will expose you where you’ll need to get fixed.
The fixing itself can be achieved via a number of means. Let’s take a common example of window frames, which are a weak spot in your home in that it’s where your home is most exposed to the elements. In driving rain, and over many months or years, it can begin to leak. The good news is that such leaks can be fixed with a plastic welding gun, which you can pick up cheaply online.
There are other types of leaks and issues in your home that will require different solutions, such as sealant, which often comes in a foam gun, or glue, which comes in a glue gun. Before you choose which to use, check online what the recommended approach might be.
While you’re performing these changes to your home, it’s worth taking the time to make the special fixes that might usually take a long time to achieve. If you’re going into your walls to fix a faulty set of wiring, for instance, that’s a great chance to put in some new insulation to keep your home warmer this winter.
Or, if you’re going to be tinkering with your entire toolkit, why not ask your family if there’s anything that they might need doing in their bedrooms or if they’d like a few more nails in the wall from which to hang pictures. In this way, you’ll cover all the DIY bases in one, getting your home well and truly ready for winter.
Next time you fix up your home in time for the coldest months of the year, bear in mind the above tips to get your fixing spree off to a great start.