Is Your Home Ready for Cold Weather?

home ready for cold weatherWinter is here to stay for the next few months. Is your home ready? With minimum effort and cost, you can keep your home warm and dry this winter. A warm, dry home will preserve its value longer and be more enjoyed by everyone in the family.

Start with the roof.

Warm air escapes from a leaky roof, and cold air can come in. Visually inspect the roof to look for leaks or bare spots. Check the indoor ceilings of rooms right under the roof for dampness or wetness. Have a roofing professional check anything that looks suspicious.

Inspect the attic.

The attic can let warm air out and cold air in, raising the heating bill. Do a careful check to ensure everything is in good order.

  • Look for ceiling leaks
  • Check walls for moisture
  • Ensure adequate insulation

Check interior rooms.

Make a tour of your interior rooms and look for any of the following.

  • Wall stains
  • Mold or mildew
  • Signs of water damage

Examine windows and doors for leaks.

Inside and out, check all doors and windows for possible gaps where cold air can enter.

  • Inspect seals for signs of corrosion or breakage
  • Look for stains or dampness and repair any leaks
  • Cover gaps where cold air can enter around windows or at door thresholds

Maintenance the heating system.

Call a heating specialist for an inspection of your furnace or heating system. Check the ductwork for any signs of leakage or breakage.

  • Update filters as needed
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Clean out fireplace grate in preparation for burning wood this year

Protect the water line.

Don’t let your pipes freeze up when temperatures drop. A broken water pipe can cost thousands in home repairs, not to mention the inconvenience of a repair in cold weather.

  • Look for drips or stains that may indicate a leak
  • Check water tank pressure gauge
  • Wrap pipes that may be subject to extra cold to keep them from breaking

In addition, make sure the thermostat is working properly. Visually inspect heat vents to ensure good air flow in cold weather.

Outside.

Walk around the house to look for leaks, gaps, or areas where cold air can enter.

  • Move firewood away from the house
  • Seal any foundation cracks
  • Repair or replace any broken windows or doors

In a few basic steps you can make your residence comfortable all winter and avoid high costs associated with broken pipes or a furnace repair. Consult a professional with any serious cold weather concerns or for a qualified inspection of your heating appliances.

For more information, please visit www.FirstProtector.com.

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