Capitol City Homes Offers Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter
Capitol City Homes
Winter is right around the corner and before everyone gets too busy with the holidays, now is a perfect time to prepare your home for the coldest temperatures! Capitol City Homes recommends the following checklist to help guard your home from the effects of the winter cold. These can help your family stay warm during the winter and help save money on energy bills and potential repairs.
- The first thing you can do to winterize your home is to look for any unnecessary air leaks around windows and doors. Leaks allow warm air to escape, increasing your energy bill, while also inviting cold air to enter your home. Check that your weather stripping is in good shape around windows and doors and reseal any worn areas.
- With the windows and doors closed, feel around the edges with your hands to locate any drafts.
- Inspect the threshold and seal or sweep at the bottoms of exterior doors. Replace any worn sweeps and thresholds to help keep out the cold air.
- Next, take a close look at your heating system to ensure it’s in good working order to provide warmth all winter.
- Replace old air filters with new filters and clean dirty air vents and returns.
- Replace the batteries, when applicable, and verify that any smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. If you do not have any alarms, you should strongly consider having them installed to protect both your family and your property.
- Have your system inspected by a professional to verify your heating system is running properly.
- Move on to your plumbing system to protect pipes from freezing during the coldest winter temperatures. When a plumbing pipe freezes, it carries with it the potential to burst, which can lead to extensive damage to your home.
- Any outside plumbing, or plumbing in uninsulated areas such as attics and crawl spaces, should be protected from the freezing temperatures. Foam pipe insulation, available at most home improvement centers in various sizes, provides max protection and is easy to install by simply slipping it over the pipes and securing with tape.
- Seal any cracks or holes in walls near or around plumbing pipes with caulking or expanding foam to prevent cold air from reaching them.
- Do not forget to insulate exterior spigots, hose bibbs or sillcocks. Protective covers are available that are designed to insulate these devices. If possible, turn off the water supply to the exterior faucet, remove any garden hoses, and allow the fixture and hose to drain.
- Turn off the water supply to your sprinkler, irrigation systems or fountains; you will not need them during the winter months. Purge the system of any existing water left in the lines with compressed air.
- Finally, check out your roof, which is often overlooked during home winterization. Leaks, ice dams, and downed gutters are common roof problems during the winter months. Follow these tips to help prevent them from happening.
- Clean your roof by sweeping or blowing off any debris, which can hinder proper draining and lead to ice dams forming on your roof.
- Inspect the roof for missing shingles from previous storms or damaged flashing around roof edges, chimneys and valleys.
- Replace any missing shingles or damaged flashing.
- Clean your gutters to remove leaves and other debris that might have accumulated during the summer months. Use a water hose to make sure the gutters drain properly and do not hold water, which can freeze and damage the gutter system.
We hope you stay warm this winter season! If you’re looking for a new home in the Raleigh area to cozy up in, check out our new home communities in Raleigh, NC and our new homes in Raleigh, NC.