January 20, 2022

Top 5 Tips for Winter Weather Home Protection

As the winter weather continues to bear down on houses, it’s always important to consider safeguarding your home to ensure heating bills stay low, pipes don’t burst and water damage won’t occur. Here are the top 5 most important things to do to protect your home from the cold:

▪️Check your furnace. It’s important to schedule annual checkups; not only does it keep your furnace lasting longer but you don’t want to be the 100th person in line when it comes down to 20 degree temperatures if it fails. A healthy furnace = a healthy home. 

▪️Check the caulking around your windows and doors. The smallest gaps can let in cold air and moisture, which can be areas where water can freeze, expand and do a lot of damage. You want to be sure the heat in your home is going to stay in your home, not slipping through the cracks in your caulking. 

▪️Clean your gutters. There’s a lot of trees in the PNW and cleaning them needs to be done at least twice a year to avoid creating ice dams and causing damage to your draining system. A buildup of leaves and debris can cause an overrun of water in the gutters, which allows it to spill over as opposed to going down the drain. 

▪️Turn off your exterior faucets and winterize your irrigation to avoid frozen and burst pipes. This is a step people are prone to forgetting due to its less visible nature, but that doesn't mean it's any less important. To avert a burst pipe nightmare, shut off the water with a main valve that’s found near the water meter and drain the water. 

▪️Keep your garage door shut. A lot of heat can escape through the garage, be sure to keep it shut to avoid high heating bills and letting the undesirable weather inside. You can even add extra weather stripping along the bottom of the garage door to secure and save heat/energy. 

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