When you finally escape the cold with hopes of warming up in a hot shower, the last thing you want to discover is a frozen pipe in your home plumbing system.
Even in southern climates, winterizing your home is an important step to take every year.
Enjoy a warmer home and increased efficiency by following these quick tips for winterizing your home:
1. Clean your gutters
Despite all the times you put off cleaning the gutters on your house, now is not that time. As winter approaches, it’s important to check your gutters to be sure they’re free of any debris. Often, gutters will collect fallen leaves and clog when rain or snow attempts to pass through. Grab that ladder and spend some time clearing your gutters while making sure they’re secure and properly fastened. You’ll be glad you took on this task now instead of later on, in the heart of winter.
2. Check for roof damage
While you’re up on the ladder, take a look at the roof and account for any missing shingles or damage. If you spot a small crack where water could seep through, fix it as soon as possible and frequently check up on any small fixes you make. Your roof likely gets less attention than other areas of your home, and checking up on its condition every so often will save you a headache later.
3. Protect your pipes
If the water in your home’s plumbing system plummets to 32 degrees or below, the effects on your pipes could be detrimental. In order to be sure freezing temperatures won’t damage your pipes, you can take precautionary measures to prepare for the unexpected. Consider insulating your pipes to protect them against the elements.
4. Seal doors and windows
Doors and windows are a prime point of entry for cold weather. Instead of shivering under a blanket, be sure your doors and windows are properly sealed and free of any cracks or leaks. In addition to bringing brisk drafts through the living room, the cold air entering your home can increase your heating bills. Homes typically lose 30 percent of their heating and cooling energy through cracks and leaks. That’s a hefty addition to your bill when you could instead be saving up for that next vacation.
5. Trim trees and branches
Winter months often produce unexpected weather conditions. As you prep your home for winter, step outside and pick up any loose branches around your yard. It’s also a good idea to trim any large, loose branches and those growing closer to your home. Storms are capable of tearing them off trees and causing property damage.
If you uncover a plumbing issue when you winterize your home, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing can help. Our professionals are available 24/7 to help you with emergency plumbing, plumbing repairs, water heater installation and repair and more. Give us a call today.