During harsh winter conditions, problems such as fire hazards, water damage, and higher heating prices can arise. Follow these tips ideas to prepare your house and help prevent the issues that autumn and winter can bring.
- Insulate windows and doors. Weatherstrip any gaps and cracks around doors and windows and caulk up the openings that are bigger than the diameter of a nickel. This prevents moisture and cold air from getting inside, fostering the energy efficiency of your home. For additional heat conservation, install dual or triple-pane windows and insulated doors, and garage doors. Hire an expert to inspect your furnace and heat pump. This ensures your heating system works effectively and that carbon monoxide leaks are prevented.
- Change the furnace filters every month during the chilly season. Dirty furnace filters reduce furnace efficiency, which decreases the lifespan of their device and increases energy intake.
- Protect pipes from freezing. Severe cold weather can freeze the water from your pipes, which will explode since the ice within it expands. Let faucets in exterior walls trickle to provide relief for your plumbing. Also, wrap both cold and warm water pipes with insulation and clean cracks up or holes in your walls to keep cold air from pipes. Leave the temperature to at least 55 degrees when leaving home. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you’ll need to shut the water valve to prevent additional damage. The valve is typically located in the cellar or buried near the road. Learn more information right here.
- Insulate air ducts. Having badly sealed ducts can lead to around 20 percent loss in efficacy. Hire a contractor to seal and insulate the air ducts in your property. You may save on energy and reduce the strain on your furnace.
- Prevent ice dams. Additionally, make sure your attic has enough ventilation to allow cold air into the attic (and help prevent the ice on the roof from melting).
- Keep your fireplace. Check for obstructions, such as creosote accumulation or birds’ nests, at the flue. Also, the damper should close properly and the firebox should be fully intact.
- Has your roof inspected? Hire a contractor to repair any missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Additionally, the roof has to be clear of debris because it can damage the roof’s shingles or membrane.
- Clean gutters and downspouts. Leaves, twigs, and other debris from gutters might lead to water leaks in your home, as well as ice dams. Make sure to wash them regularly and assess them for damage and sagginess.
- Stock up on principles. To prepare for a toaster, which can occur during a blizzard, maintain an emergency kit (with food, water, medical equipment, etc.) and alternate heating sources on hand. In addition, restock cold-weather essentials, such as salt or ice melt.
To learn more tips to protect your house in winter, have a look at how to prevent water damage in winter and how to prevent home fires throughout winter. For flood water damage repair and emergency cleanup services, contact your local PuroClean office.