Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather

Protecting your home from severe cold is vital. Frozen water pipes can burst and flood your house and cause thousands of dollars in damages . If an ice dam forms in your gutter, it could cause water to seep into an interior wall. Winter weather can be rough on a house, take these steps to protect your home from freezing temperatures and water damage.

Protect Your Pipes:

  • Before the temperature drops significantly, make sure you drain water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems.
  • Protect water pipes that run through unheated areas of your home with insulation. 

Insulate Your Windows:

  • Add weather stripping along the sides of the sashes.
  • Add storm windows and doors. Remove, wash and store screens for the spring before you have them installed.

Clean Gutters, Roof, and Drains:

  • Clogged gutters and downspouts are the #1 cause of ice dams. Clean your gutters and downspouts to keep water flowing during the winter.
  • Check for missing, damaged or warped shingles and replace, as necessary before you get stuck with a leak.

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

  • Change your furnace filter at the beginning of the season and then every 2 to 4 months.
  • Inspect the Fireplace and Chimney. Prepare your fireplace prior to winter by hiring a professional chimney sweep. Chimney sweeps clear out debris, including soot and creosote that can make for a dangerous situation.
  • Bleed valves on any hot-water radiators to increase heating efficiency by releasing air that may be trapped inside.
  • Remove air conditioners from windows or cover them with insulated liners, to prevent drafts.

Drain Your Lawn-Irrigation System:

  • Draining sprinkler-system pipes, as with spigots, will help avoid freezing and leaks.
  • Weatherize your lawn mower by cleaning off mud, leaves, grass, and debris.