Weatherproofing Your Home for Winter
Boy does time fly! It’s that time of year again. Fall is in full force and Winter is right around the corner. Before the weather gets too tempestuous be sure to weatherproof your home so you can enjoy the Holiday’s worry free. This will not only help keep your home toasty warm but also prevent damage and avoidable repairs in the future. Here are just a few essential tasks to prep your home for Winter!
- Weatherstripping Your Windows and Doors – To keep those cold drafts out and the warm air in be sure to weather strip your windows and doors. There are plenty of options from getting actual weatherstripping from your local hardware store to creating your own DIY draft stopper. By doing this you can cut down your heating bill by up to 15%!
- Check Your Gutters – With us living in the PNW we all know leaves can cause a HUGE problem in our gutters! You’ll want to be sure these are debris free to prevent a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. You’ll also want to check and make sure your gutters are pitched at the right angle to ensure they are directing water to the leader and out the downspout. You can check this by holding a level even with the gutter or pouring some water with a hose.
- Trees – You’ll want to trim overgrown branches to prevent iced-over or wind-swept branches causing property damage or problems with your power.
- Deck and/or Porch – Clean and cover patio furniture and store inside a shed or garage to protect it from the elements. Inspect for splintering, decay or insect damage and treat now to prevent further damage over the winter. Clear deck/porch from leaves, dirt, pine needles and debris to prevent thwart mold and mildew growth.
- Cracked Concrete – Weather it be your driveway, walkway or steps, cracks are a huge tripping hazard and will only get worse one water seeps in and freezes. To prevent this use caulk to seal the cracks. For larger crack you may need to use a vinyl concrete patching compound.
- Fans – Switch fans to the reverse or clockwise position. This will blow warm air down to the floor and increase the warmth and comfort of your home.
- Roof – Check your roof for missing, damaged or warped shingles and replace or repair to prevent further damage and/or leaks. While you’re up there you can check the chimney and skylights. Seal joints where water could penetrate. You can use roofing cement and a caulking gun.