Defend your home against the elements with these tips:
- Guard Your Water Pipes
Disconnect and store any garden hoses as the weather begins to turn cold. Then, shut off the water to your outdoor faucets, drain the lines, and insulate the hose bibs.
- Seal Holes and Cracks
Purchase a can of foam insulation and close up small holes. Then, use weather stripping, spray foam insulation, or caulking to remedy any cracks around your doors and windows.
- Add Insulation
Prevent your pipes from freezing and keep your house warmer by making sure your home has adequate insulation. This includes insulating your exterior walls, crawl space or basement, attic, and in many cases, the pipes themselves.
- Keep Garage Doors Closed
If your garage is attached to your home, minimize the time your garage door is open. This will help to keep cold air out of your house and protect plumbing fixtures in your garage as well as pipes in the shared walls between the house and garage.
- Clean Gutters
Full gutters increase your chance of having ice form on your roof. Take the time to clean your gutters out before the freezing temperatures get here.
- Check Attic Ventilation
Inspect your attic to make sure there’s no insulation blocking your soffits or attic vents. The free flow of air in your attic will prevent warm air from melting the snow on the roof, where it can run down to refreeze at the roof edges.