Seasonal Winterizing Tips

That time of year is here, those of us who live in the Midwest, Northeast and Northwest are faced with the arduous task of protecting our cars, kids and homes.  But winterizing can be confusing, what is priority?  What can be skipped?  How much does it all cost?


Here are some answers:


.  Reinforce your roof to prevent ice dams

Prevent ice dams by clearing gutters and ensuring there is proper ventilation in your eaves and soffit

2. Insulate pipes

Insulating pips is effective, especially under manufactured homes and homes where there are no basements.  There are foam sleeves you can purchase.

3. Seal air leaks

Seal air leaks around windows by using plastic, you can attain this plastic at most hardware stores and it applies with a blow dryer.  Also use draft protectors under your doors.

4. Seal the attic

Sealing the attic is a great way to avoid heat loss through your roof in future winters, and to prevent ice and snow damage. If your roof is clean and clear of snow in the winter, chances are it’s melting due to lost heat. Prevent this by making sure your attic insulation is 12 inches deep. If you’re going to install a new layer of insulation over an existing one, avoid using kraft-faced insulation, which can lead to moisture problems.

5. Weather-strip the doors and windows

Winterize your windows so melting snow won’t lead to mold and mildew problems around your windows and doors. Seal up any gaps with weather-stripping seals or caulking to prevent moisture from getting in.

6. Inspect the furnace and chimney

Make sure your furnace and chimney are in working order before the cold weather hits. Both should be cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional each year to ensure safe and efficient use.

7. Prune your trees

When allowed to build up, ice and snow damage branches, which in turn can snap off trees and land on your house. If a tree is close to your home, prune its branches and cut down any low-hanging limbs before the start of the winter.

8. Install wind-proofing materials

Strong winds can cause substantial damage to your property. To help avoid wind damage this winter, install wind-proofing features such as permanent window shutters and impact-resistant shingles.


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