The outdoor temperatures are dropping and the leaves are beginning to change colors, which means that fall is officially upon us! Before you know it, everything will be covered with a thick layer of snow, making the world more beautiful, if slightly harder to navigate.
While winter is a wonderful time of year filled with holidays and visits from guests, it is also a few months when damage can be done to your home if you do not take the proper precautions. This blog post will cover some simple ways you can ready your residence for the onslaught of winter weather.
Here are a few helpful tips:
- Empty the gutters: Throughout the fall, you should be mindful to keep the falling leaves and other natural debris from filling up your gutters. If they go unchecked, they can cause ice dams in the winter due to the frozen snow that cannot travel anywhere. This could potentially end in a costly replacement being necessary.
- Insulate the pipes: One of the worst things that can happen to your home is a ruptured pipe, which can occur if the piping freezes and the water inside expands. Be sure to wrap pipes that run along exterior walls in heat tape or other padding, and never let the interior temperature of your home fall below 65 degrees.
- Seal any gaps: If there are cracks in any walls or parts of the foundation of your home, make sure that you seal them up as quickly as possible. The last thing you want is for the hot air you're paying for to leak outside.
If you are in the market for an Alexandria contractor that can help you prepare your home for winter, be sure to schedule an appointment with John C. Flood today!