Preparing your house for winter is something we all generally put off until the very last minute, but with the coldest days of the year officially upon us, it’s time to buckle down and start. Frosty temperatures and heavy snow can lead to severe weather conditions, which can damage your home and cost you more than you’d like. Proper winter home preparations are one way to help yourself stay ahead of any unforeseen issues that could cause long-term damage to your home.
Your home’s crawl space is one of the most important spaces to consider for winter home preparation, yet it’s easy to fall prey to the “out of sight, out of my mind” mentality. The simplest thing you can do is to cover your crawl space vents for winter. By keeping the vents covered, there is less opportunity for cold air to enter via your crawl space and make the floors above even colder.
Better yet, you can install additional insulation throughout your crawl space and along the foundation. A vapor barrier is a great addition to your home any time of year, as it will help keep moisture and pests out. Call DryHouse to find out more about how the full process of crawl space encapsulation, which includes a vapor barrier and improved insulation, can help you in your journey to preparing your house for winter.
An added benefit when you cover your crawl space vents for winter is that you’ll keep the critters out, too. A sealed crawl space is an empty crawl space!
Make sure your basement is sealed to ensure that no water can get in and less heat can escape from your home. Water is less of a problem in the general sense during winter, but frozen pipes are not. When you make sure your basement is sealed, you lower that risk of frozen pipes significantly. Our basement waterproofing solutions offer an unmatched sealant option for homes, preventing cold air from seeping in and potentially allowing your pipes to freeze.
In conjunction with a basement sealant, our smart monitoring solution can also help homeowners stay on top of potential frozen pipes, as we can help detect them and therefore prevent the problem from spreading. Find out more about our monitoring solution, AlertLabs, here.
Cold air leaking into your home will naturally lower the temperature indoors, which in turn may lead you to turn the heat up. Save on potentially high electrical bills by installing weather strips around doors and windows to prevent those pesky air leaks.
If you didn’t clean your gutters during fall, and snow starts to pile into them… there’s a good chance the gutters will fill up with ice and snow, causing them to fall right off the house. At that point, you’ve got water pooling around the house and potential slipping hazards through spring thaw.
During the frigid winter season, it’s always a good idea to have a roofing company evaluate your roof for ice dams, which can block drains and weaken your roof.
You might also consider getting your home ready for winter by pruning any trees that are close to your home. This can prevent possible damage from broken branches due to heavy snowfall.