Is your home prepared for those bitter cold months? Not sure? Well, Weller Home Inspections, located in Brookshire, Texas, provides you with the following tips on how to prepare your home for the winter months.
Clean your rain gutters – It makes your home look nicer, helps prevent build-up of ice on your roof, reduces the risk of infestation, and decreases the risk of mold on your home.
Trim your trees – Take a good look at all of the trees in your yard. Look for limbs that could possibly fall down and knock out the power to your home or hit your car during a bad winter storm. If necessary, take the time now to trim any weak branches.
Check for drafts – Now that it’s colder outside, you can probably locate all the drafts coming into your home. Once you find them, seal them up before the bitter cold months gets here.
Insulate your pipes – Doing this will help save you money on your energy costs during the winter. According to Energy.gov, insulating your hot water pipes can help raise the temperature 2 to 4 degrees.
Add insulation to your home – Don’t know if you need more insulation or not? Use the Department of Energy’s Insulation Fact Sheet to help you determine.
Clean your chimney – It’s important to have your chimney cleaned at least once a year. It increases the heating efficiency of your fireplace and helps to ensure your family’s safety during the winter months. Please have it clean by a professional.
How do you prevent freezing pipes?
“Taking preventive measures before winter sets in can reduce and eliminate the risk of frozen pipes and other cold-weather threats,” according to Houselogic.com.
Pipes that are most at risk for freezing, include the following:
- Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home. For example: attic, crawl space, or garage.
- Pipes located in exterior walls.
- Any plumbing on the exterior of the home.
Garden hoses should be disconnected, drained, and stored before the first hard freeze. Typically inexpensive foam pipe insulation is adequate for moderately cold climates. For severe climates, consider wrapping problem pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape.