By Suave Brachowski
In the winter months, freezing rain and snow may cause damage to many homes across the country. With the high rise in cost for heating this year, many homes could save hundreds of dollars by simply preparing their homes for the harsh weather by winterizing, or prepping the home for winter.
How could you protect your home for the winter months? Winterizing your home is much simpler than most people think.
Start Winterizing Your Home by Sealing Leaks
One of the best ways to begin to winterize your home is to actually check the exterior of your house for cracks. A crack along the outside of your home lets heat out, making it more difficult to keep your house warm. Even houses with siding around the outside could have cracks along the fireplace, or even under the eaves. Windows and doors are the most popular areas for cracks.
Once you’ve located the problem areas, you can fill the cracks with a caulking compound. Apply a generous amount of caulking directly into the cracks and smooth the caulking out with your finger or a tool. Be sure to seal the crack completely as you smooth out the caulking.
Winterizing your Home by Protecting your Pipes
Pipes that go unprotected can freeze and burst with time. Broken pipes can cost thousands of dollars to replace. Avoid unnecessary costs by caring for your pipes properly in cold weather.
To start, identify any water hoses that may be hooked up. These hoses that are filled with water should be removed and emptied and put away during the freezing weather.
Next, outside faucets or piping can be protected from cold weather with heat tape. You can purchase heat tape from any local hardware store. Wrap the tape around exposed outdoor pipes and this should be enough to keep your faucets from freezing. If you have an outdoor pump system, even if it’s in a shed, it could still freeze up and cause problems if the weather is well below freezing. Use a heat lamp in the late evening hours to prevent freezing.
Winterizing Your Home with Insulation
Finally, if your house is lacking proper insulation, you could save hundreds of dollars on heating costs by getting it installed. Contact a professional installer and get an estimate for putting in insulation or get an evaluation if you don’t know if you need insulation.
Even if your home does have insulation, have it checked for any damage caused by leaks.
Insulation is inexpensive to have installed. You can do it yourself and save money by going to your local hardware store and getting the supplies.
Don’t forget to check the attic space for proper insulation. Many homebuilders may skip putting insulation in the roof to save on building costs, but this form of additional insulation significantly reduces heat releasing through the attic.
These simple steps are often overlooked, but could save thousands of dollars on heating costs and repairs to your home. Most of these things you can do yourself. Talk to your local hardware store for more ideas on how to winterize your home.
About the Author
Suave Brachowski writes for Maintenance Made Simple, a provider of home repair franchises. They are a full bodied home repair and remodeling company that offers quality craftsmanship at cost effective prices for its consumers. They are also a resource for homeowners who are looking for competent contractors to do a specific home repair or remodeling job. Their aim is to make the task of finding a qualified tradesman simple. For more information visit http://www.m2simple.com.