As the temperatures start to plummet, it’s time to plan for the harsh weather conditions that can wreak havoc on houses. From freezing temperatures to heavy snowfall, winter poses various threats to your home’s structural integrity.
To ensure your property—and family—remain safe and snug throughout the winter season, here are five essential winter-proofing tips to follow
Proper insulation is your first line of defense against winter chills. Inspect your home for gaps or cracks in walls, windows, and doors. Seal these openings with weatherstripping or caulking to prevent cold drafts from creeping in. Attic insulation is equally vital; a well-insulated attic not only keeps your home warm but also saves on heating costs.
Frozen pipes are a common winter woe that can lead to extensive damage. Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as the basement and crawlspaces, with pipe insulation. During severe cold spells, let faucets drip slowly to prevent water from stagnating and freezing inside the pipes. If you plan to be away for an extended time, set your thermostat to maintain a moderate indoor climate.
Don’t forget your outdoor water sources! Drain garden hoses and store them indoors to prevent freezing. If you have a sprinkler system, blow out the pipes to avoid burst pipes due to frozen water.
Regular maintenance of your heating system ensures it functions efficiently when you need it the most. Before winter sets in, replace air filters and clean all vents at a minimum. For extra protection, schedule a professional inspection. If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected, ensuring it’s safe for use this season.
Inspect your roof for any damaged or missing shingles. Addressing these issues before winter prevents water leaks and potential structural damage. Additionally, remove accumulated debris like leaves and twigs from your roof to prevent ice dams.
Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams, which are ridges of ice that form at a roof’s edge and prevent melting snow from draining, causing water to seep into your home. Before winter arrives, clear leaves, debris, and other obstructions from your gutters and downspouts. This simple task prevents water buildup, safeguarding your roof, walls, and foundation.
Winter storms can cause weak or overhanging branches to break and damage your property. Trim trees near your home, especially those close to power lines or your roof, to prevent them from falling during heavy snow or ice storms.
By following proactive tips to winter-proof your home, you can fortify your home against winter’s wrath. Don’t wait until the snow starts falling; prepare in advance to ensure a safe, warm, and stress-free winter season. A little effort now can save you from significant headaches and expenses later.
To learn more about how to prepare your home for the winter-related risks in your area, check out our whitepaper, Regional Trends for Winter Weather Disasters. Stay warm and secure in your winter-ready home, and if a winter disaster strikes, reach out to the 24-hour emergency response team at ATI Restoration for a consultation.