Whether it’s your home’s first winter or it’s 50th, the cold can still dramatically affect its ability to protect you against the elements.
In our last blog, we talked about how your property is at risk this winter from some serious snow and ice damage. Let’s touch on how you can prepare your home for the winter to come, no matter what state it is in.
Check your Pipes
Because burst pipes are one of winter’s biggest problems, take the time before the cold season to blow out your pipes. This includes all your outdoor taps, your hoses, and your irrigation lines. While you’re at it, check along the lengths for any visible signs of breaks or cracks. Frozen water will expand wherever it can, and a crack provides a rapid escape for expanding water.
Melting water is undoubtedly a big problem every winter. In the spring, homes and buildings can often get flooded from excessive amounts of water supplied by the receding ice and snow.
The best way to deal with this is to keep on top of your shovelling. By keeping excess snow away from the home, you’re not allowing the melted water to get inside. Clear a path away from the home and ensure all gutters and natural slopes are free from debris.
Check your Insurance
It’s great to use this time that you’re already thinking about maintenance, to check your home insurance. Go over your policy to ensure that you’re covered for winter-related disasters. Most people think that preparing for the winter is all about what you can do in and around the home. When you can’t do anything to avoid a natural disaster, make sure your insurance can handle any incident that may arise.
Check Furnace Filters and Vents
Before your furnace needs to be working at full capacity, check the components to ensure that everything is in good working order. Go over the vents in each room of the house and to check if you’ve inadvertently blocked any vent during a time when you weren’t using it.
Also, use this time to replace the filters to avoid using excess energy to run the heating this winter. This one piece of advice could end up saving you hundreds of dollars.
Clear External Openings
Think about every opening in your building like chimneys and vents. If these vents get clogged up with snow or ice, they can dramatically affect the heating of your home. Take the time to clear the chimney and the attic vents to save you a trip when the snow is thick upon the roof.
The old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings true for home winterization. Prepare yourself, and you’ll save yourself time and money this cold season.