There are some terrific reasons to make sure a home is ready for colder weather. Comfort is one. Energy savings is another. Perhaps the most important reason, however, is ensuring this major investment is properly protected from the elements.
Winter weather can bring frigid temperatures, ice, high winds, rain, snow, and flooding. It can damage roofs and foundations. It can freeze and break water pipes and eventually lead to rotting wood and mold. These can be costly to remediate, so it is best to protect homes from damage by taking appropriate winterization steps.
Clear Gutters and Drainpipes
One major area of concern is in making sure gutters and downspouts are free from debris to allow for proper draining. If leaves, dirt, and twigs prevent water from flowing freely away from a home it can lead to foundation damage and back up pushing water and ice up under the roofing shingles eaves and even behind the siding. Water that freezes in gutters and downspouts can be heavy enough to pull the gutters away from the home. Cleaning gutters can be messy, but it is critical in winterizing a home.
Upgrading the insulation in your home provides a variety of positives:
- Saves energy
- Lowers heating bills
- Keeps a home more comfortable
- Helps maintain humidity
Not only should homeowners consider upgrading insulation in attics and crawlspaces, but in smaller places like wall sockets, and around windows and doors. Proper insulation will help keep furnaces from working so hard and may even improve its lifespan.
Insulate Exposed Water Pipes
Water pipes under sinks, in basements and in outside walls can be subject to freezing during extended periods of cold weather. When water freezes in pipes it expands, potentially cracking soldered joints or even cracking or splitting pipes. This can cause costly damage that can be challenging to repair. Pipes that are in areas that are unheated can be better protected by a variety of pipe insulation products. In areas subject to particularly cold climates, choosing an electric pipe heat wrap may be necessary. Rutland South homeowners may find that letting faucets drip slightly through these frigid periods allows water to keep moving through pipes and can also prevent water pipes from freezing.
Seal Cracks in Concrete
Even small cracks in concrete and asphalt can becoming larger when water seeps into them and freezes, thaws, and refreezes again. This is why asphalt and concrete cracks should be filled to help winterize a home. Broken and cracked sidewalks and driveways can not only be dangerous but expensive to replace. Sealing cracks can prevent damage from getting worse.
A home is an investment worth protecting. Making the effort, taking the time and spending money maintaining it will pay dividends.