5 Reasons to Winterize Your Home
5 Reasons to Winterize Your Home
Fall seems to be running away as fast as it came. Sadly, that means winter is almost here. If you don’t winterize properly you could be struck with a number of disasters.You DON’T want flooding from burst pipes!
If you don’t want to waste water by letting your water pipes constantly drip, insulate all of your water pipes in the areas of your house that don’t reach any heat. If your pipes are along an outside wall, you might be surprised how cold they can actually get. If you take the time to wrap up those pipes, and keep your cabinets open so there is circulating warm air available it should help prevent bursting. If you plan on leaving your home or cabin for an extended period of time it is wise to turn off the water valve and completely drain your hoses, faucets, and sprinkler lines. Don’t forget those hoses attached to your air conditioner (and if there is a water valve turn it off as well).
Fires in the winter are only nice when they are in a pit or your fireplace!
Did you know that the most house fires occur during the winter? There are a few simple things you can do to keep your home safe and minimize any fire hazards. First, change those batteries in your smoke alarms! Such an easy thing to do but people often forget. If it has been over 10 years you should have the alarms completely replaced. Second, remove built up soot from your chimney and have it inspected before winter hits. Chimney fires are common with build up of soot and creosote.
To save MONEY!
If you want to heat your home for less, it is important to find out where you could be losing heat. A simple trick is to caulk any spaces along your windows and doors where cold air is coming in. Keeping your fireplace flue closed when you don’t have a fire burning will also keep your house warmer. Window insulation film doesn’t look that pretty but it can help your home retain up to 70% of heat creeping out the windows. Another simple way to save some money is to run your ceiling fans. I know what you are thinking--that sounds cold! Actually, if you put your ceiling fans in a clockwise direction they can push the warm air back down to the floor.
Rain should stay outside!
All those beautiful fall leaves are now clogged in your rain gutters. Cleaning them out is SO important. If water cannot flow freely, ice dams can form later from icicle buildup. It would also be a great time to make sure your water from your gutters is being pushed 10 feet from your house. Some houses are not built this way, but never fear. On the end of your downspout you can add a pipe extension. If you don’t clean out your gutters water could pool on your roof, causing serious water damage.
Because you don’t want an emergency on your hands!
We know that sometimes you can do everything right and disaster still strikes. That is part of life. Fortunately, Delta Restoration Services of the Wasatch Front is here to help in your time of need. Our trained professionals are on call 24/7 to help you with any disaster. We specialize in flood and water damage, smoke and fire damage, and mold damage. Our team not only comes in to restore the damage, but will help with insurance and all the headaches that come when something unexpected happens. Our motto is delivering peace of mind during uncertain times. Call (801) 709-1921 to speak with a Delta Restoration Service professional today.