During harsh winter conditions, problems like fire hazards, water damage, and high heating costs can arise. Follow these preparedness tips to prepare your property and help prevent the problems that fall and winter may bring.
- Insulate doors and windows. Weatherstrip any gaps and cracks around doors and windows and piled up the gaps that are bigger than the width of a nickel. This prevents moisture and cold air from getting inside, fostering the energy efficiency of your home. For additional heat conservation, install dual or triple-pane windows and insulated doors, and garage doors.
- Has your heating system inspected? Hire a professional to inspect your furnace and heat pump. This ensures that your heating system functions effectively and carbon dioxide leaks are prevented.
- Change the furnace filters each month during the chilly season. Dirty furnace filters reduce furnace efficiency, which reduces the lifespan of their device and increases energy consumption.
- Protect pipes from freezing. Severe cold weather may freeze the water from your pipes, which will burst since the ice within it expands. Let faucets in outside walls trickle to give relief to your plumbing. Also, 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 at least 55 degrees when leaving the house.
- Know where your water shut-off valve is. In case of a plumbing emergency, you’ll have to shut the water valve to prevent additional damage. The valve is typically found in the cellar or buried near the road. Having poorly sealed ducts can lead to around a 20 percent reduction inefficiency. Hire a contractor to seal and insulate the air ducts in your property. You may save energy and reduce the strain in your furnace. To prevent ice dams on your roof, make sure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated. In addition, make sure your attic 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 fully intact. Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney and check it for damage. Hire a contractor to fix any missing, loose, or damaged shingles. In addition, the roof has to be clear of debris because it can damage the roof’s shingles or membrane. Leaves, twigs, and other debris from gutters might cause water leaks in your home, in addition to ice dams. Make certain that you wash them regularly and check them for harm and sagginess.
- Stock up on basics. To get ready for an outage, which may happen during a blizzard, keep an emergency kit (with food, water, medical equipment, etc.) and alternative heating sources on hand. In addition, restock chilly weather essentials, like salt or ice melt.
For more information tips to guard your house in winter, have a look at the way to prevent water damage in winter and the way to prevent home fires throughout winter. For flood water damage repair and water restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office or visit their website.