How to Protect Your Home During Extreme Cold Weather

During harsh winter conditions, problems such as fire hazards, water damage, and high heating prices can arise. Follow these preparedness tips to prepare your house and help prevent the problems that fall and winter may bring. 

  • Insulate doors and windows. Weatherstrip any gaps and cracks around windows and doors and caulk up the openings that are bigger than the width of a nickel. This prevents moisture and cold air from getting inside, boosting the energy efficiency of your home. For additional heat conservation, install dual or triple-pane windows and insulated doors, and garage doors. Hire a professional to inspect your furnace and heating pump. This ensures that your heating system functions effectively and carbon dioxide leaks are prevented.
  • Change the furnace filters each month during the cold season. Dirty furnace filters reduce furnace efficiency, which reduces the lifespan of the device and increases energy consumption.
  • Shield pipes from freezing. Severe cold weather may freeze the water from your pipes, which will explode because the ice within it expands. Let faucets in outside walls drip to give relief for your plumbing. Also, wrap both warm and cold water pipes with insulation and clean cracks up or holes in your walls to keep cold air away from pipes. Leave the temperature to at least 55 degrees when leaving home. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you will have to close the water valve to prevent additional damage. The valve is usually located in the cellar or buried close to the road. Having poorly sealed ducts can result in around a 20 percent reduction inefficiency. Hire a contractor to properly seal and insulate the air ducts in your home. You may save energy and reduce the stress on your furnace.
  • Prevent ice dams. To prevent ice dams on your roof, ensure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated. Additionally, make sure your attic has enough ventilation to permit cold air into the attic (and help prevent the ice to the roof from melting).
  • Keep your fireplace. Check for obstructions, such as creosote buildup or birds’ nests, in the flue. Also, the damper must shut properly and the firebox should be fully intact. Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney and check it for damage. Click here to learn more.
  • Has your roof inspected? Hire a contractor to fix any missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Also, the roof must be clear of debris as it may damage the roof’s shingles or membrane. Leaves, twigs, and other debris in gutters might lead to water leaks in your house, as well as ice dams. Be sure that you wash them frequently and assess them for harm and sagginess. Visit water damage restoration Redmond to know more.
  • Stock up on basics. To get ready for a toaster, which may occur during a blizzard, maintain an emergency kit (with water, food, medical equipment, etc.) and alternative heating sources available. Also, restock chilly weather essentials, such as salt or ice melt.

For more information tips to guard your home in winter, have a look at the way to prevent water damage in winter and how to prevent home fires throughout winter. For flood water damage repair and water removal services, contact your regional PuroClean office.

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