Depending on where you live, old man winter may have arrived at your home already. If not, winter is on its way. Weatherproofing now could prevent costly repairs in the coming months. It can also help you maintain your home’s resale value. Here are five important tips for weatherproofing your home.
Insulate Your Plumbing
Cold weather could cause the water in your pipes to freeze. Even worse, it could cause your pipes to burst, resulting in flooding to your home. An easy, effective and affordable way to insulate your plumbing is installing tubular sleeve insulation. Leaving your cabinets open during freezing weather also exposes them to warmer air in the house.
Inspect Your Roof
Leaks can ruin many parts of your home, not just the roof. Inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles, holes and weak spots or dips that may rot or cave in during heavy rain or snow. Fill or cover holes. Replace damaged or missing shingles. Seal around the base of any static, dormer or whirlybird vents. Also, check the roof from the inside to ensure you found all problem areas.
Seal Doors and Windows
Cool air could be seeping into your home around windows and doors, wreaking havoc on your heating bills. Check all windows and outside doors, feeling for drafts. Don’t forget to feel near the bottom of the doors while they are closed, as weather stripping on the bottom of your doors can wear out over time. Use caulking to seal areas around your windows where the air is getting in, both inside and outside. Use a U-shaped door bottom to keep air from entering below the door.
Check Attic Insulation
Attic insulation helps regulate the temperature in your home and keeps your energy costs down. Do a spot check to be sure you have no gaps or cracks where air can get in. Add insulation as needed. Upkeep on insulation is minimal and will have a huge impact on your energy bills. Don’t forget an attic tent or cover for your attic stairs and door. Up to 40% of your energy loss comes from the attic.
Cover Your Water Heater Tank
Most water heaters get installed in garages, attics and basements where they are exposed to cold temperatures. That means your water heater tank is losing heat. Cover your tank with a water heater blanket (not just any household blanket) and reduce heat loss by about 25%. If you have a tankless water heater, apply inexpensive pipe foam for added insulation.
These simple DIY tips will help keep your house in top shape and protect it from the elements this winter.