According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Denver is in for some 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. What are some of the best ways to winterize?
Disconnect exterior hoses
Water lines and hoses that run out of the house should be disconnected during the winter. This is an easy fix that most 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.
Clean your gutters
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 gutters are clogged from fall debris, 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 pipes from freezing
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
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.
Make sure your home is free from drafts 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. Other areas to check for leaks are:
- mail chutes
- air conditioners
- electrical outlets
- door frames
- window frames
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 chimneys
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.