It is already the holiday season. Winter will soon set in. Here are some home improvement and home maintenance tasks you should take care of before the winter.
First of all, make sure to check that your smoke detectors are working. You especially need to do this if you use a fireplace and a chimney. You can just press the test button on your smoke detectors to check if they are working. You should also replace your batteries. If your smoke detector is old, you should replace it as well.
Make sure you have an emergency kit. You need certain things in case there is a blackout, such as if there is a strong blizzard. Make sure you have things such as candles, flashlights with working batteries, an icebox to store food in, food and drink, and other essentials.
You should also check your basement for radon gas. You can buy a radon gas testing kit for just around $20. You should also check your plumbing system and make sure everything is working. You can get a plumber to do a checkup.
If you want to keep your home warm and reduce your energy costs, you should make sure that any cracks are blocked. This includes cracks near windows and doors. You have to make sure that your entire home is insulated. You should also replace damaged tiles in your roof and fix any cracks in your walls to prevent pests from entering your home.