As the temperatures cool it’s important to take stock of your home and prepare it for winter weather. So, what is ‘winterizing’ and why should you winterize your home? Keep reading to find out!
What Is Winterizing?
Winterizing is the process of preparing your house for the winter. This can be done by insulating pipes, sealing windows and doors, and adding extra insulation to the rest of your house. While winterization is typically used to prepare homes for vacancy during winter months, homeowners at high elevations and in areas with bitterly cold temperatures should consider winterization to preserve their home for years to come.
Most Common Ways to Winterize
While some people leave their home for warmer vacation homes, most people weather the winter by staying put. If you are planning to stay home, there are some simple but effective ways to winterize.
Some of the most common methods include:
- Weather Stripping: Installing storm doors and windows can help to insulate a home, but a more cost-effective method is weather stripping. Adding strips of rubber or plastic seals around doors and windows helps to keep out drafts and hold in heat. Door sweeps also work to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
- Pipe Insulation: In many regions, burst pipes are a risk in the colder months. As near freezing water enters the pipes at high pressure, can cause the metal to contract which further weakens already vulnerable parts of the plumbing system. As the cold water continues to rush through, it could cause these week parts to collapse and burst altogether. Using pipe wrap and insulation fittings helps to protect pipes from the cold and prevent bursting.
- Clean and Protect Gutters: While gutters don’t contribute to drafts, failure to clean them properly could cause build up and prevent proper snow drainage. If snow collects on the roof, it could cause strain, leaking, or even collapse over time. When prepping a home for the winter, it is crucial that you clean the gutters to ensure proper drainage and install gutter guards to keep out leaves and other debris that could clog them.
- Fireplace Cleaning: Fireplaces are essential during the colder months, but when there are animal nests or creosote buildup a simple fire could become a serious hazard. Not only does cleaning the fireplace prevent issues, but it can also reveal opportunities for sealing and insulation if the fireplace is older or prone to draftiness. In some cases, a fireplace may be too drafty, and you may want to seal it for the winter season.
- Sealing: Gaps in windows, openings in the attic, and other areas could be responsible for drafts and loss of heat during the winter. Using caulk and insulation to reinforce and seal these areas can protect you from the cold and save money on heating costs.
Are You Ready for Winter?
If you are a homeowner, it may seem like there is an endless list of things you have to do to prepare for changes in the weather. Keeping up with winterization can be a hassle, and it’s easy to forget a task or two. With the help of qualified contractors, you can protect your home, preserve your plumbing, and maximize the effectiveness of your water heater just in time for winter.
Schedule an appointment with Mallick Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today!