Frozen Pipes: 4 Winterization Tips for Your Whole Home
Winter is just around the corner, which means that right now is your last chance to prepare your home for the coming cold. If you need help with your home winterization process, here are a few tips on where to start.
Install/Upgrade Weather Stripping
Winter brings strong, frigid winds that can sneak into your home as cold drafts. These cold drafts typically enter through gaps in your windows and gaps under your doors. To help prevent the creation of cold drafts in your home, it’s vital that you install a set of weather stripping, or else upgrade your current set.
Exposed pipes filled with stationary water can become frozen solid. Frozen plumbing results in the interruption of your indoor water service, damaged pipes, and water damage due to broken pipes. Repairing damaged or broken water pipes in the middle of winter is not only expensive, but it is also challenging. You can prevent this series of unfortunate events by spending a few dollars and a few minutes of your time purchasing and installing foam pipe insulation and by maintaining a working electric hot water system.
Get Your Hot Water System Serviced
It can be inconvenient when you go to take a shower in the summer only to find that you’re out of hot water. However, being without hot water during the winter is an entirely different type of catastrophe. Without hot water, you won’t be able to warm up from being outside in the cold, enjoy a hot cup of chocolate, or, as previously mentioned, keep your pipes warm to prevent freezing. Before winter arrives, you want to make sure that your electric hot water system is running efficiently and without issues or hidden malfunctions. Check the internet for local hot water systems specialists that can come to your home and inspect your electric hot water system.
While weather stripping can prevent cold drafts from sneaking in through the edges around your windows, they can’t stop cold drafts that find ways in between the window frame and glass panels of your windows. This is a very common issue with older windows, so homeowners and renters in older homes should be wary of these specific types of drafts. Window insulation made of either rubber or insulation film prevents these types of drafts, is easy to install and can be purchased at any hardware store.
Winterizing your home is extremely important to prevent problems that come with the freezing temperatures, and it is especially important if you live in an area that experiences harsh winters. These beginning steps will get you well on your way toward a warm home and ensure that preventable issues do not arise in the most cold and inconvenient times.