Here are Chad’s top 5 home winterizing tips to make sure your home is up to par before super-cold weather hits.
Work from the top down
A clear roof and gutters should be given top priority as you start the winterization process. When your roof, gutters and downspouts are free and clear of debris, you don’t have to worry about blockages. These blockages could cause water to overflow and potentially lead to leaks in your home or damage to your foundation.
Don’t forget to check your flashings as well. Make sure that nothing has pulled loose and the caulking hasn’t cracked or broken down.
Bulk up attic insulation
One of the most important tips from Chad’s top 5 home winterizing tips includes bulking up attic insulation. This is one of the best ways to keep your home warm and snug this winter.
Ensure that your attic has enough insulation. Inadequate attic insulation is the number one reason for heat loss in winter. It’s essential to make sure your attic insulation can handle the job.
Don’t unplug the sump pump
The reason that you should never unplug your sump pump is that water can drain into the sump pit at any time, even in the dead of winter. Even if the ground is snow covered and is frozen a foot or so below the surface, it may not be near the footing or bottom part of the foundation.
Additionally, check your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. For complete instructions on testing your pump, check your homeowner’s manual.
Weatherproof the windows
Another area that sees a lot of heat loss is the windows. To keep the heat in and the cold air out, remove window screens. Replace them with storm windows for an added layer of protection.
Store the garden hose
With gardening season far behind, it’s time to disconnect and drain the garden hose. And don’t forget the portion of pipe that leads into the house.
It’s also a good idea to purchase an inexpensive spigot cover from the hardware store to provide some extra insulation.
If your roof is damaged and in need of roof repair before winter’s worst hits, give the experts at Muth & Company Roofing a call at (614) 882-0900. We’ll do the hard work for you while you stay safe and warm in your house.