No matter where you live, it’s important to prepare your home for seasonal weather changes. Many US cities experience extreme cold weather during winter months and performing some basic maintenance can prevent costly damage, save energy and keep your home comfortable.
Avoid Frozen Pipes. Water pipes can crack or burst in freezing temperatures resulting in costly repairs. Disconnect hoses from outside faucets, and turn off water in your home if you plan to be away for an extended period of time. Leaving a faucet open during freezing temperatures can also help with pipes freezing and bursting.
Seal the Windows. Do you have worn or cracked sealing around windows and doors? Sealing with caulk or weather stripping will prevent drafts and heat loss when outside temperatures drop. Be sure to keep an eye on this throughout the season, as super cold weather can shrink frames and cause gaps. Not sure how to locate the problem? Reveal air leaks by holding a burning candle to potential draft areas.
Clean the Gutters. Ensure that the gutters are not clogged with frozen debris from fall leaves or dirt. Stagnant water can leak into the eaves, onto the ground and soak the foundation. Get a gutter scoop to clear unwanted debris. Gutter cleaning is simple but failure to do so can result in bigger problems in the home.
Check the Roof. Have your roof inspected for loose or damaged shingles before extreme temperatures roll in. The stress on your roof from cold nights then warmer days may cause shingles to crack, tear and separate. Along with ice build-up underneath, water can leak into your home and cause damage.
Home Energy Audit. Get a home energy audit to understand the efficiency of your home. That could not only save you money, but you may also uncover areas that require additional insulation or appliances that need to be repaired or replaced.
Extreme weather can happen anywhere! Keep your family protected this winter through the simple home maintenance prevention measures mentioned above.