The risk of harm to your home increases as the temperature drops. Preparing for colder weather in October may appear premature. However, emptying the gutters and inspecting your roof becomes much more difficult after winter has arrived. So, to prevent you from climbing ladders in the snow and to help you save money on heating bills, try some upgrades and home hacks for winterizing your home ahead of the next cold spell.
Repairs Should Be Made
Winter storms can be severe and unexpected, inflicting damage to our homes and gardens. It’s worth spending some time outside now to avoid damage and loss from storms and freezing weather in the future. Put away any loose items that could be a hazard and fly around or break things on a windy day.
Clear your gutters
Your gutters must be clean of materials such as leaves, dirt, and sticks. Clogged gutters prevent rain and melting snow from draining, potentially resulting in household leaks. Also, make sure your downspouts are at least five feet away from your house to ensure that water flows away from them rather than towards them.
Keep Your Pipes Safe
Frozen pipes are most likely to occur in unheated interior regions such as your garage, attic, or basement. Pipe insulation should be applied to any exposed pipes in vulnerable sections of your home. Other measures to keep your pipes from freezing are to keep your garage door closed as much as possible and to maintain your house temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Collect Your Firewood
Stock up on firewood if you have a wood-burning fireplace or fire pit before demand spikes. You could even be able to locate free firewood in your area. Don’t store firewood against your home’s foundation, and don’t keep more than you need indoors: it’s a breeding ground for household pests. You don’t want to discover that you’re sharing your home with some unexpected, wild housemates when winter arrives, so place firewood at least five feet away from your home’s foundation.
Having your radiators bled
If your radiators are chilly at the top but hot at the bottom when your heating is turned on, this is a sign that they need to be bled. But first, make sure you have a towel, a bleed key, and that your heater has been switched off. After that, locate the valve at the top of your radiator and spin it anti-clockwise with the bleeding key until you hear a hissing sound. Once the water begins to flow, simply tighten the valve again and you’re done. Catch any water that may drip from the valve with the cloth.
Get your roof checked out
This is most likely the most crucial step in winterizing a home. If you are unable to access your home’s roof, a professional can inspect it for loose or broken shingles. When looking for roofing contractors, seek someone who is both local and dependable. Your roof is the crowning glory of your home, and because heat rises, having a well-insulated roof in good shape is critical.