Achieving peace-of-mind and saving yourself from the hassle and costs of winter weather damage can be done more cheaply, quickly and easily than you may think. The following checklist will guide you through the process of winterizing your home with ease, which will prevent headaches and costly repairs.
[ ] Inspect your caulking and weather stripping – Save on energy costs and stay warm by sealing drafty doors and windows. A burning candle held to suspect areas can be useful in detecting drafts.
[ ] Stock up on shovels and Ice melt – these items often sell out during large storms and if you wait you could be stuck without it.
[ ] Prevent indoor pipes from freezing – Pipes lining outdoor walls and garages are often vulnerable to freezing. Frozen pipes can expand from freezing contents and burst when thawing occurs which often causes flood damage. Here are several ways to prevent pipes from freezing: Open doors and barriers that prevent heat from reaching pipes in cold locations. Leave faucets on so that the water trickles and keeps moving. Wrap vulnerable pipes in a layer of foam, rubber or fiber glass insulation sleeves.
[ ] Clean and clear out your gutters – Clogged gutters are more susceptible to the buildup of ice dams. The backups caused by ice dams can cause flooding through the roof and walls.
[ ] Close and insulate vents and small holes that open up to the outside – vents and holes between the inside and outside of your home can sometimes be found in attics and crawlspaces.
[ ] Shut off and drain/blowout outdoor water systems including sprinklers – This should have been done in late September or October. If you neglected these items before freezing occurred make preparations for possible damages when thawing occurs in the Spring months.
[ ] Keep your garage door closed – Garage doors act as an added barrier to outside temperatures.
[ ] Reverse your ceiling fans – Fans are also very useful in the winter months when warm air gets rises to the ceiling. Most fans have a switch which changes the rotation of the blades (a clockwise rotation is the winter setting on most models) helping disperse warm air downwards.
[ ] Add insulation to ceiling, walls and attics – Added insulation keeps heat from dispersing through walls and ceilings.
Print this simple checklist now and give your home an inspection to increase your comfort and peace-of-mind, while reducing expenses and hassles.
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