Is Your House Ready For Winter?
When we think of getting ready for winter, we make sure we have our gloves, hat, scarf, deicer and so much more! Raise your hand if most of the time you can only find one glove? Glad I’m not alone. Focus Deidre! Okay! What about your precious (expensive) baby? Your house! Unless someone can make a blanket to wrap around your house (I know you are seriously thinking about it) then there are some things we must do!
Step 1: Plumbing
Who really thinks about their pipes until something goes wrong? You do? That is awesome! The rest of us can start with draining water from outdoor faucets and garden hoses. Inside the house, look for “problem” pipes that are prone to freezing and consider using heat tape to keep them warm. Everyone in the family should know how to turn off the water at the source.
Step 2: Fireplace & Heating System
Be sure to have your chimney inspected by a professional (not your friends cousins uncle’s neighbor) before the first frost. Also, have a professional perform a routine check of the heating system and as an added benefit pull out the vacuum to clean the vents and other heating components. Check your furnace filter; it may need replacing.
Step 3: Seal the Leaks
Install storm windows and doors. Add or replace worn weather stripping around the doors and windows and caulk any gaps. If doorstops are worn, replace them. If any pipes or ducts travel through an exterior wall, be sure to use caulking and weather-stripping around all entry points. These steps will block any potential entry points for cold air.
Have a safe winter with lots of snowball fights!!