Winter is approaching and if we have a similar season as we did last year the temperatures will be cold. Last winter we experienced below average temperatures. I have heard that this winter may be worse. If this is the case we all need to think about protecting our home from the weather. Below are a few tips to assist you in getting prepared.
- Outside water spigots: Bleed pipes and shut off water. Use insulation cover on the spigot if it is not a frost free.
- Garages: Water line freeze prevention. Control the temperature in the garage if possible. Many garages that have a finished space above run the risk of freeing water lines. Keep the garage door closed.
- Windows: Caulk windows that have cracks and where the seals are broken. Install Storm windows if you have them, and remove screens.
- Doors: Install weather stripping around doors.
- Attic: Make sure you attic is properly insulated.
- Furnace: Clean your air ducts and have your furnace inspected by an HVAC company. Replace your air filters.
- Roof: Make sure you roof has proper ventilation and all the flashings are caulked properly.
- Gutters: Clean your gutters.
- Water Lines: Wrap pipes in basements and crawl spaces.
- Ceiling Fans: Reverse the air flow. In the Summer the flow should be downward to help cool the home. In the winter the flow should be upward to help in heating.
- Close Outside Vents
Following these tips will help ensure your home is ready for the winter temperatures. Frozen water lines tend to be the largest home owner insurance claim in regard to water damages. Once the pipe freezes and breaks the water pressure continues to disperse at a high pressure. Completing the list above will not take you a lot of time and the investment is worth the reward.