Though we haven’t reached the freezing temperatures in the Columbia area, it’s always good to stay top of mind on these certain aspects.
It seems like the winter season approaches faster and faster each year. Though schedules are tight, it’s absolutely necessary that the home is properly winterized. If each job is planned over the course of a few weeks, the stress won’t be overwhelming.
Having a winterizing plan in place for the home will make these tasks easier and easier each year. Seeing how they can preserve the home and save repair dollars, is even better.
Here are five of the most important home winterizing tips.
Apply Heat Tape
Any pipes that have less than minimal insulation should be lined with heat tape. Since warm water lines tend to freeze and break more often than cold water, most-used hot lines should have a back-up heat tape if uninsulated.
Identify the 5-10 ft. sections of pipe where freezing is likely to occur, and have a heat tape length ready to use.
Check Gutter Seals
Ice build-up is the most dangerous and common source of roof and wall problems in the winter months. The tiny leaks in gutters will allow water to flow and freeze in places that will cause damage.
Before the first snowfall, reline all gutter seams including downspouts and corners, with a fresh bead of silicone sealant. This will ensure that leaks from ice dams in gutters do not grow to cause structural problems.
Vacuum Vents And Diffusers
A common Columbia household problem in winter is fire. Along with HVAC inspections, be sure to prepare vents for winter with a thorough vacuuming of all exposed parts. Dust is incredibly dangerous and causes health problems.
Vacuum wall heater centrifuges, wiring boxes, diffuser slats, and any other place that collects dust while sitting idle. The smallest amount of dust around heating components can start a house fire. Vacuum all dust before the first use of a heating unit in the winter.
The majority of frozen pipes and heater inefficiency in houses is caused by not maintaining a house’s crawlspace. Before the cool season, be sure to install a plastic vapor barrier, close foundation vents, and eliminate all standing water. A tight crawlspace during the winter months equates to a safe and warm space supporting the entire home.
Each winter is an opportunity to learn how to prepare a home for certain weather conditions. Keep a tally of what problems happen when the cold settles-in and eventually, preparation for cold months will become a simple job.
Winter is almost upon us in the Columbia, SC area. To get the best advice on winterizing your home, call Plumbing Solutions, LLC at (803) 513-5749 today!