With winter around the corner, you need to prepare your home to withstand the freezing temperatures, the chilling snow, and ice accumulations. At American Cleaning, we help our clients protect their homes by providing cleaning and repair services that aim to help homeowners survive harsh winters. There are seven steps you can take in order to protect your home from freezing temperatures.
Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing
By turning off your outdoor plumbing, such as hoses and exposed pipes, this will help to prevent freezing and burst pipes during freezing temperatures. Burst pipes can cause water damage and destruction to your home. Be sure to turn off these water lines, drain the entire pipe, and then insulate or protect the outdoor water faucets.
Inspect for Drafts
When you are sitting near a window or door, you may notice a small draft of cold air. This typically indicates a crack or break in the seal. Use caulk to secure those areas, which are typically found around windowsills or door seams. This will prevent you from incurring additional costs to heating your home.
Insulate to Avoid Freezing Temperatures
When you are feeling cold in your home despite how high you crank up the heat, your house is likely not energy efficient. Adding insulation to your attic or your walls can help to keep the heat inside your home during freezing temperatures. This might even include insulating the areas around pipes to also help them from freezing and damaging your home.
Keep Your Pipes Warm
If you have interior faucets that lead to pipes on exterior or poorly insulated walls, it is recommended to leave them on with a slow drip. When you leave your faucets on during freezing temperatures, it keeps warm water flowing through your pipes. This helps them avoid freezing and bursting. In case of an emergency, you want to make sure to keep the area around your water lines clear of your belongings.
Keep Garage Doors Closed During Freezing Temperatures
When you leave your garage doors open, you are allowing all the warm air from inside your home to escape outdoors. Because garage doors are large, a lot of air can easily escape. This can drastically reduce the internal temperatures of your home. Save money and stay warm by simply closing the garage doors behind you during freezing temperatures.
Avoid Ice Accumulation
Ice accumulation on your roof can cause much damage to the structure and function of your home. In order to avoid this, make sure that your gutters are clean. Remove any debris, such as leaves, dirt, and dust, from your gutters so that water can flow freely away from your house.
Check Your Thermostat During Freezing Temperatures
Before winter comes, be sure to check that your thermostat is fully functioning. Play around with the settings and check back frequently to ensure that the air in the home reflects the changes you’ve made. Also be sure to keep extra batteries on hand in case of any emergency.
By following these seven steps, you can prepare your home for winter and keep safe from freezing temperatures. Contact American Cleaning today to find out other ways to winterize your home.