Preparing your home for the cold months ahead

October 7, 2010

Prepare Your Home for Frigid Temperatures… you know they are coming!

As the weather starts to cool in the autumn months, many homeowners tackle winterizing projects to ensure that their homes are weather-ready for cooler temperatures.  The best way to undertake these projects is to start by taking a walk around your home and assessing what needs to get done.  Consider inspecting the following areas:

  • Inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles that need replacing.

  • While on the roof, examine your chimney for missing mortar, cracks and structural problems, as damage in your chimney or fireplace can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in your home.  Also ensure that your damper is working correctly and has a tight seal.  Your chimney cap should be snug as well

  • Remove clogs in your gutter and check for any water damage.  Consider consulting a professional for guidance on how to prevent ice dams (water backup in cold temperatures).

  • Check your doors and windows for missing weather stripping.  Also make sure that door sweeps are not damaged and are aligned properly to block draft air.

  • Cover window-mounted air conditioning units if you are not going to remove them entirely.  Fill in the gaps on the sides of the unit with insulation board and caulk.  If you have central air, cover the unit loosely.

  • Turn off the faucets outside of your home and cover them with a commercial cover or two old socks wrapped tightly around the faucets; seal with duct tape.

  • Inspect the foundation for cracks and gaps to prevent animals from entering your home.

  • Look at your home’s siding for missing pieces.

  • Make sure your exterior light fixtures are working properly and are sealed tightly to the mounting.

Article provided by Pam McCarthy of First Weber Group Insurance

Thanks for stopping by the First Weber Wisconsin real estate & Wisconsin living blog for these home improvement tips.

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