In the autumn, you should inspect your home to make repairs to the foundation so that snowmelt doesn't seep into the flooring. You can fill small holes with liquid caulking, or you can mix cement to cover the foundation's entire surface. Autumn is also the perfect time to place formfitting foam devices over a home's exterior faucets and to wrap adhesive insulating tape over the exposed pipes.
Have Several Ways To Heat a Home
Inside your home, you can prepare for winter by cleaning your furnace and fireplaces so that you will have enough heat to prevent frozen pipes. Professional chimney sweeps recommend having a building’s chimneys inspected and cleaned once a year to remove layers of creosote or other debris that can cause an internal fire. Make sure to clean your home’s ductwork and replace a furnace’s filter so that climate-controlled air can circulate optimally. It is a good idea to have an alternative source of heat in your home such as electric space heaters or stoves that burn wood pellets.
Keep Climate-controlled Air Circulating
Despite having heat in your home, you should protect the plumbing fixtures and pipes by opening the doors to utility rooms so that the climate-controlled air can circulate properly. In addition, open the cabinet doors underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks. When temperatures drop in your region, turn on the faucets occasionally so that water runs through the pipes to prevent any freezing. You should also flush the toilets in a home during the night to keep water from freezing in the sewer lines. When you are shopping at a hardware store, look for plumber’s antifreeze that is formulated for using in bathtubs and sinks to prevent clogs of ice in the water pipes of your home.
Prevent Cold Drafts
Walk through your home to verify that the windows are closed and locked to seal out cold drafts. You can apply stick-on insulation caulking around the window’s frames, and you can also apply adhesive window film to the inside or outside of the windowpanes. To prevent drafts around exterior doors, place a draft dodger at the bottom of the door. These items are made of fabric and thick fiberfill to keep cold air from entering underneath a doorway. Alternatively, you can roll a blanket, towel or rug to place at the base of a door.
Maintain Your Home’s Water Heater
Maintain your home’s water heater in the winter by making sure that climate-controlled air is circulating around the appliance. Verify that it isn’t leaking in hidden locations on the floor or along the walls. You can find a specialized insulation blanket to place over a water heater to keep the water hot and to protect the appliance from cold temperatures. If you don’t have enough hot water during the winter, then you can turn up the water heater’s thermostat a few degrees, but this will increase the cost of your monthly bill.
Use a Roof Rake To Protect Your Home’s Rooftop
Walk outside of your home to make sure that the snow is melting from the rooftop. If there is a lot of ice or snow on a building’s roof, then the weight can damage the structure, leading to moisture problems or a total cave-in. You can buy a roof rake with a long handle that you can use to dislodge a buildup of snow or ice from the edge of a roof. Use caution while removing the snow because the debris may dislodge quickly, falling on you or items near a home.
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