Winter Hibernation: How to Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

Well before those last few warm days of summer begin to fade away, is time to think about winterizing one’s home. Drastically changing weather can put a strain on even the newest of homes, but all it takes is a little time and energy during the fall to ensure that expensive damage and repairs will not be needed this coming winter. Take the time now to winter proof your place.

Check and Add Insulation
Insulation will not typically become damaged after only a year or two, but standing water, humidity, and any unwanted pests can create holes and tears. Insulation should be double-checked in the attic and new rolls are not only affordable, they are easy to install with only basic tools, and a few hours of work.

Protect Exposed Pipes
For those that live in the coldest climates, the end of the summer is the time to check any pipes that are exposed to the outside air. All metal and plastic pipes should be fitted with inexpensive pipe insulators which will help to prevent fluctuations in water pressure and a burst pipe in the middle of the winter.

Check all Windows, Doors, and Other Openings
The cracks around doors and windows are often some of the biggest offenders when it comes to losing warm air, and increasing energy bills. All windows, doors, and other openings such as vents should be checked for any damage. Depending on the weather, caulking or insulation may need to be reapplied at least once every season.

Inspect Roofing
Few things will lead to severe property damage as quickly as damage to the roof or missing shingles. Simpson T Roofing suggests having two or more people help with roofing inspection to stay safe. If owners cannot find any physical damage to the outside of the roof, they may need to hire a contractor or Markham roof repair experts if they suspect a leak is taking place. This is especially important in homes without an attic which makes leaks nearly impossible to detect.

An Emergency Kit
Every home should have an emergency kit and all residents should know where it is, and how to use each item and tool inside. In the event of a flooded road or heavy snowfall, an emergency kit can prevent any serious issues from developing for minor scratches, burns, or other injuries. The late summer months are also a good time to begin collecting non-perishable foods and a little extra water.

No one expects any major catastrophes during the winter months, but accidents can happen. With a little preparation though, major issues can often be avoided as the weather becomes colder and wetter.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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