During harsh winter conditions, problems such as fire hazards, water damage, and higher heating prices can arise. Follow these tips ideas to prepare your property and help prevent the problems that autumn and winter may bring.
- Insulate doors and windows. Weatherstrip any gaps and cracks around doors and windows and caulk up the openings that are larger than the width of a nickel. This prevents moisture and cold air from getting inside, fostering the energy efficiency of your property. For additional heat conservation, install dual or triple-pane windows and insulated doors, and garage doors. Hire a professional to inspect your furnace and heating pump. This ensures your heating system works efficiently and that carbon monoxide leaks are prevented.
- Change the furnace filters each month during the chilly season. Dirty furnace filters reduce furnace efficiency, which decreases the lifespan of the device and increases energy consumption.
- Shield pipes from freezing. Severe cold weather can freeze the water in your pipes, which will burst since the ice inside it expands. Let faucets in exterior walls trickle to provide relief for your plumbing. Additionally, wrap both warm and cold water pipes with insulation and clean cracks up or holes in your walls to keep cold air from pipes. Leave the temperature to 55 degrees when leaving the house. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you will need to close the water valve to prevent further harm. The valve is usually found in the cellar or buried close to the road.
- Insulate air ducts. Having poorly sealed ducts can lead to around a 20 percent reduction in efficacy. Hire a contractor to properly seal and insulate the air ducts in your home. You may save on energy and reduce the stress in your furnace.
- Prevent ice dams. To prevent ice dams on your roof, make sure that your attic is properly insulated and ventilated. Additionally, ensure your loft has sufficient ventilation to allow cold air into the loft (and help prevent the ice to the roof from melting).
- Keep your fireplace. Check for obstructions, such as creosote buildup or birds’ nests, in the flue. Also, the damper must close properly and the firebox should be completely intact. Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney and check it for damage. Find out more here.
- Has your roof inspected? Hire a contractor to fix any missing, damaged, or lose shingles. Also, the roof must be clear of debris because it can damage the roof’s shingles or membrane. Leaves, twigs, and other debris from gutters may cause water leaks in your house, in addition to ice dams. Be certain to wash them regularly and check them for harm and sagginess.
- Stock up on basics. To get ready for an outage, which can happen during a blizzard, maintain an emergency kit (with food, water, medical supplies, etc.) and alternative heating sources available. Also, restock chilly weather essentials, like salt or ice melting.
For more information tips to protect your house in winter, check out how to prevent water damage in winter and how to prevent home fires throughout winter. For flood water damage repair and water removal and other property restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.