Protect Your House from Winter Weather

Winterize your home to save money and aggrivation this winter.

Secure the outside of your home. Check shutters, siding, and other exterior materials to ensure they are properly attached. High winds, ice, and moisture from winter storms can easily strip off such outside elements if they’re loose.

Insulate water pipes. Be sure your pipes, especially those that are exposed or in unheated areas, like crawl spaces, are wrapped in insulation to prevent freezing and bursting. Six feet of insulation can cost anywhere from $1-$10 and is available at most home improvement stores.

  • It is the homeowner’s responsiblity to make sure your house’s pipes don’t freeze. The City will not reimburse water costs accrued due to broken pipes.
  • Keep your heat on, even set low, it will help prevent pipes from freezing.
  • See Everything You Need to Know About Winterizing Pipes from Bob Vila.

Shut-off valve. Learn where your water shut-off valves are so you can turn off the water supply in case of a leak. If your home does not have a master water shut-off valve for the line coming into your house, install one to save time and money when leaks or repair work is occurring.

Remove debris. Clear your gutters and walkways of debris. Tripping hazards can be exacerbated with snow or ice.

Air seal windows and doors. Caulk drafty windows and apply weather stipping to doors – both inexpensive strategies that can keep heat in your home. An assortment of air sealing materials and tools, including silicone, foam, caulk, aluminum flashing for flues, and addtional insulation, are available inexpensively at home improvement stores. See 8 Easy Ways to Seal Air Leaks Around the House by HouseLogic for more on air sealing your home.

There are many other options available to keep your home safe and warm this winter season, for addtioanl ideas, check with your home improvement stores or search online.

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