During the winter, it’s very important that you “winterize” your home in order to keep it protected from the freezing temperatures. How does one do this, you may ask? TSC Direct can show you! Below are 5 ways to winterize your home.
After snowstorms, the gutters, downspouts and drains outside of your home are at risk of getting clogged. If this happens, the snow will have nowhere to go once it melts, and could begin to seep into your home’s roof, soffits and foundation. During extreme weather, snowmelt could lead to flooding. Routinely check on your gutters, downspouts and drains to make sure they are clear of debris.
Icy steps are a danger to you and your family as well as any guests that come to your home. To avoid injuries, salt your steps, walkways, and driveway before an expected snowstorm. Salting will minimize snow and ice accumulation. Remember that rock salt stops working at temperatures below 10 degrees and a combination of salting and shoveling may be necessary.
Pipes can freeze easier than you might think. During extremely cold days, a good preventative technique is to keep the doors and cabinets containing your home’s pipes exposed. The ambient temperature of your home will help prevent freezing.
Another trick to minimize the risk of freezing is to keep a very slight flow of water running from your faucets. If you plan on going on vacation or otherwise leaving your house for an extended period of time, this is an especially smart tactic. Your water bill won’t see any drastic spikes as long as you only permit a tiny amount of water to flow from the faucet.
Ice dams form after snow melts and freezes on the edges of a roof. This ice will accumulate, prohibiting water from draining through the gutters. If there’s enough snow on your roof, the water may find its way into your home.
You can counteract the formation of an ice dam by ensuring that your attic is well ventilated and roughly equal to the temperature outside. This way, your attic won’t heat up your roof and cause the snow to melt.
One of the best ways to winterize your home is to have emergency supplies on hand. That means extra blankets, flashlights, and portable heaters. If your home has a fireplace, keep a supply of wood on hand so you can easily start a fire if there is a power outage. If you live somewhere that is prone to power outages as a result of winter weather, you might even want to consider purchasing a generator.
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