Depending on where you live, winter can have different connotations. One the one hand, your winters can be nothing more than windy and rainy seasons, while on the other, it can mean freezing temperatures, blizzards, and several feet of snow. So, how can you better protect your home if you find yourself in the latter category? Below are several tips that can help you achieve that.
Properly insulating your home is one of the most efficient ways of protecting yourself and your home from the extreme cold weather raging outside. A key area to pay attention to in regards to insulation is the roof and attic. As many of us know, hot air rises to the highest possible point.
If your roof and attic are not adequately insulated, much of that heat will escape, and you’ll most likely see that on your next energy bill. What’s more, this can also lead to the formation of ice dams and icicles which can result in damage of property or possibly a safety hazard for the people standing below.
Cleaning your Gutters and Checking the Roof
Another factor that can lead to the formation of ice dams and dangerous icicles are clogged gutters. As the water begins to melt and flow from the roof, it will freeze in the channels if it takes too long to drain. It’s advisable that you do this every year right before the start of winter. You could also make use of Gutter Grates. These are extendable systems that cover much of the gutter, preventing debris from accumulating while allowing water to do so.
When you are cleaning, take this opportunity to inspect your roof. Look for any cracked, broken, or missing shingles. Be it fall or winter; it’s better to address this issue immediately than to wait for spring to come. Do the necessary repairs to your roof otherwise you will be exposed to further damage and more significant costs down the line.
Check the Doors, Windows, and Walls for Leaks
During cold weather, materials contract and begin to change shape. It can happen that during these times, your doors and windows will form small fissures along the edges, allowing cold air to seep in, creating drafts and hiking up your energy bill. You can use weather stripping to remedy these. When it comes to your walls, look for any small holes where cables, phone wires, etc. go into the house. If not properly sealed off, these will provide entry points for freezing air.
Another issue to look out for relates to water. As temperatures drop, water will freeze in pipes, hoses, etc. When this happens, there’s a high chance that these will crack or burst. So, to protect yourself, you should:
- Disconnect and drain your garden hoses.
- Cover all outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
- If possible, open the valves on these faucets and allow the water to drain.
- Turn off your sprinkler system and blow compressed air through them so that they can drain.
- Insulate all exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation. It applies to both hot and cold water pipes.
- Don’t forget about other pipes, such as those running to your washing machine in the laundry room.
- If you’ve noticed some pipes that have frozen water in them, use a hairdryer, electric heat tape, or a portable space heater to thaw them. Remember to keep the faucet open during this process.
- All of these examples presented here will help you protect your home during the coldest months of winter. If you’re interested in any replacement on your Windows, Roofing, and Siding, 1-800-HANSONS is at your service. Contact us today for a FREE estimate!