Besides winterizing your home in Colorado, winter home remodeling projects can make alot of sense. There are clear advantages both to winterizing a house and for considering a winter home remodeling project for your Denver or Boulder, CO area home.
According to the Farmers Almanac the Denver area winter weather in Colorado may be a crazy winter weather full of ups and downs. Whether you believe in the power of the Almanac’s abilities in meteorology or not, it’s important to make sure your home is prepared for winter. Freezing and thawing can wreak havoc on both modern and historic homes.
Winterize and Preserve your Home With Colorado Home Winterization Tips
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Disconnect Exterior Hoses As Part Of Winterizing Your Sprinkler System
Water lines and hoses that run out of the house should be disconnected during the winter. This is an easy fix in winterizing your sprinkler system ALL homeowners can do themselves. Disconnect and drain all exterior water lines and hoses, including any in-ground sprinkler systems or outdoor pools. The reason it is important to do this is that any hoses that are attached to your house will freeze and expand. When they are turned back on in the spring, water damage and flooding can occur in the home.
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Clean Your Rain Gutters – Cleaning Rain Gutters of Debris is Important
Although cleaning your gutters may sound like a spring project, it is important to do when temperatures drop. This is so your gutters are free of leaves, and winter snowmelt and water can flow away from your home’s exterior.
If your house rain gutters are clogged from fall debris from tree needles and leaves, they remain susceptible to ice damming. Clean gutters keep your roof and eaves dry. If you are comfortable getting up on a ladder, you can do this project yourself or you can hire a landscaping company to take care of it for you.
Prevent Water Pipes From Freezing – Especially When Winterizing Historic Homes
The number one cause of frozen or broken pipes is water lines near exterior walls or spaces that aren’t heated. This is more common in older and historic homes.
It is important to have your home inspected, and if the water lines are found to be in unsuitable places, they can either be insulated properly or moved. When temperatures plummet in Colorado or if you’ll be out of town, it’s also a good idea to let your faucets drip to prevent freezing.
Service Your Appliances Such As Water Heaters and Heating Systems – Furnace Maintenance – HVAC System Maintenance
In the winter, you are completely dependent on your heating system and your water heater. Make sure they are in top working condition because winter in Denver will have them working overtime. You wouldn’t neglect the maintenance on your car, and you shouldn’t neglect your HVAC system either. Call an experienced professional to do yearly maintenance on your water heater and furnace, and you will prevent potential winter headaches.
Seal Drafts With Weather Stripping To Prevent Wind Drafts and Energy Loss
Make sure your home is free from drafts to save on heating bills and to ensure comfortable temperatures by sealing up any holes and cracks. We can caulk around openings and holes to stop cold air from coming in, and install weather stripping indoors and windows. Use professional winterizing products for winterizing windows and other energy-leaking areas.
Other areas to check for Winter Weather Leaks are:
- Mail Chutes
- Air Conditioners
- Electrical Outlets
- Door Frames
- Window Frames
- Fireplaces Insulation
One way to check for drafts is to walk around your home with incense. If you see the smoke blowing in towards you, you have a draft. Sealing your home will keep it much warmer in the winter.
Clean Your Chimney, Fireplace, or Wood Stove
If you have a fireplace or wood stove, make sure to have it inspected by a professional each year. Snow can melt and drip down into the chimney, and the water can subsequently freeze. This can cause damage that can crack the masonry. Freezing and thawing over the course of the winter takes its toll on chimneys. On the inside, it is also important for a professional chimney sweep to clean out creosote build up to prevent fires.
These are just a few of the top tips for winterizing your house. The professionals at Factor Design Build can help you prepare your home for winter or find the right professionals. Contact us today to make sure your home is prepared for all seasons.