Winter will be here before you know it, and new home owners need to look at winterizing their homes now.
Winterizing will protect your home during the winter, keeping away unnecessary repairs if you act before the cold weather comes. Below are some helpful tips to begin guiding you in the right direction and get a jump on the season.
1. Air Conditioning
If you have central air for air conditioning, you will look to draining out any water that may be built up in the pipes or any other equipment. You will also want to cover up the unit to keep debris from falling in through the fans grate and accumulating inside. If you have a wall unit, it is best to take it out of the window frame and store it to avoid any unwanted drafts.
2. Water Lines
You will want to make sure any water lines that are subject to the weather are closed off and kept from freezing and busting. Make sure any hoses you use are disconnected, valves are closed and no water is leaking, and make sure you stop water flow to the outside tap from the cut off valve.
3. Inspect Roof/Siding
Inspecting your roof should be a yearly routine, so make sure when you are ready to winterize your home you inspect your roof for any type of damage. Snow will settle and eventually melt, and freeze again when the temperature drops once more. To avoid this, you should check months before the cold season and take the proper steps for fixing your roof to avoid even more damage to the outside and inside of your home.
4. Check Gutters
Make sure your gutters are free from any obstruction. Remove any leaves and debris from your gutters. This will prevent any ice damming, causing water to flow towards the siding of your house, which can cause damage to the outside as well as the inside of your home.
You may want to inspect any exposed pipes and look to adding insulation around them. Keeping your plumbing properly protected will keep them from busting during the winter’s cold. Make sure your attic as well as basement are also properly insulated. Check your windows on days where there is substantial wind, find any drafts and use caulking to seal, keeping the cold air out and the heat inside.
These are just five very basic tips to winterizing your home. The winter can wreak havoc on your home if you don’t take proper precautions to protect it, but with proper guidance and research you can prevent damage to your new home, and avoid a very costly season that will constantly repeat itself.