Winterizing Your Home – The Bare Facts

Author: Graeme  Date: 2017-01-10



Winterizing your home is all about taking a few simple steps to properly prepare your home for the cold and wet months of winter. Of cause, there are a number of different reasons why you should winterize your home, and each of them has the potential to save you a fair amount of cash.



Winterizing your home properly can go a long way towards ensuring that your energy bills during winter stay as low as they possibly can. In fact, you would be surprised at just how much money you can save if you take the necessary steps to winterize your home properly.



Apart from lower energy bills, winterizing your home can help you to avoid costly repair bills. For example, if your home is adequately insulated, the equipment that is used for heating your home won’t have to work as hard as it would in a poorly insulated home, and therefore, your heating equipment is less likely to break down.



Roof Inspections



Winterizing a home can also help you to avoid water damage caused by heavy and frequent rain. It only takes a very small leak in your roof to cause damage which could potentially cost thousands of dollars to repair.



Many homeowners are reluctant to get up on their roofs to carry out an inspection, and among those who are willing to climb on their roofs, many have no experience at all, and as such, they won’t really know where to look, bearing in mind that some areas are more prone to leaks than other areas. In fact, roof inspections are one of the winterizing steps which really should be left to the professionals.



Winterizing Your Plumbing



We have spoken about the importance of proper insulation, and we have touched on roof leaks, but what about plumbing? Every year, insurance companies pay out millions of dollars for claims relating to burst water pipes, and many of the cases occur during winter.



As the water freezes inside the pipes, it expands, and as a result, it can cause pipes of pipe joints to fail. Because the water is frozen solid inside the pipes, water damage often only occurs once the temperatures start rising again.



If your home is going to be vacant for extended periods of time during winter, then you need to drain your hot water tank after you have turned it off, and you need to drain all your water pipes. You should also add some environmentally friendly anti-freeze to your sewerage pipes just to be on the safe side.



Ideally, you should start with wintering your home as soon a the temperatures begin to drop, rather than waiting for winter to arrive.