How To Winterize Your Home

Snow and ice are beautiful, but they can cause damage if you don’t winterize your home. Save money and stress and read below on how to winterize your home. You’ll have more time to spend with family and friends!

Ice Dams Graphic

( Image via House Master )

Attic & Roof – If your roof and attic are not well ventilated, it can cause an ice dam, as shown above. If your roof is not ventilated, your attic will be warmer than outside, causing the snow to melt and re-freeze at the roof’s edge. The melted snow then accumulates, and drains downward into your home causing damage.  To prevent ice dams and how to winterize your home:

  • Make sure the roof is well ventilated with eave and ridge venting. It allows your attic to maintain a temperature as close to outside as possible.
  • Clean out gutters to allow melted snow to travel down and away from your home.
  • Insulate your attic floor to prevent your home’s heat to travel up into the attic.
  • Seal any cracks to prevent warm air from going into your attic and cool air from going into your home. Remember to seal around electrical cables! Most people forget air can escape through there too.

Bursted Pipe ( Image via How to Build a House Blog )

Water Pipes – Your pipes can burst if they are not insulated from the cold. Vulnerable pipes are the ones located in areas closest to the outside of your home such as the attic, exterior walls, and basements. The water freezes, causing a pressure build-up between the ice blockage and the closed faucet. In order to prevent your pipes from bursting and to winterize your home:

  • Wrap your pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to keep the heat in.
  • Be sure to seal any cracks to prevent unnecessary cold from creeping into those spaces and drop the temperature.
  • Keep cabinets open to allow the warm air in your home to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your faucet slightly open to keep a flow of water to prevent an ice blockage.

Storm Drain Cleaning

( Image via City of Columbus )

Storm Drains – Keep an eye out on your storm drains to make sure debris does not clog them. If you allow them to clog, the snow will accumulate, melt, travel underneath your home, and flood your basement causing severe damage if not stopped. To prevent this from happening and to winterize your home:

  • Clean up any litter or leaves around the area that can clog the storm drains.
  • Use a shovel, salt, or an ice pick to keep snow away from your home.
  • Seal any cracks in the basement to prevent water leaks.

Winter Generator

( Image via Simple Prepping Now )

Preparation – In case the power goes out, invest in a generator. Generators allow you to keep your food from spoiling and allow you to keep in contact with emergency services. Avoid placing your generator in a basement or garage as it could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Candles and fireplaces may be lit, but can cause a fire hazard if not supervised. So, be sure to test your home’s fire detectors and replace batteries if needed before lighting anything.

With these tips on how to winterize, your home will be ready for the snow! Be sure to pass these along to your friends and family so they too can enjoy the winter months. Let us know how these tips have helped you!

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