How to Weather-Proof Your Home in Preparation for Winter
Today’s post is from Jim Beadman, the Managing Director of Construction Chemicals UK Ltd, who are experts in their field – from basement conversions for the serious renovator to DIY timber treatment products for protecting your home from insects and mold.
Jim talks about some simple ways to prepare your home for the winter, both indoors and out.
The cold season is rapidly approaching, and many home owners across the country are starting to concern themselves with the many ways in which they can ready their homes for the onslaught of harsh weather. After all, we all know just how heavy the toll of winter can be on your home if you don’t take the necessary actions to prevent such damage—and there are surely many things you can do in this regard.
Homeowners need to take a comprehensive approach to the matter: they need to consider both the indoor and the outdoor projects that they can carry out in order to make their homes more resistant to the ravages of winter. Below, then, we would like to tackle a few of the more important and common projects of this kind; hopefully, homeowners will take heed of these matters and do what’s necessary to stave off the sort of damage that the cold season can inflict on any home if it’s not in the right condition…
There aren’t going to be that many warm and sunny days left this year, so if you’ve got some painting to do then make sure to get it done in the next couple of weeks at the latest. If you’ve got wood siding on your home and the current paint job is beginning to flake and chip (across a broad area or in localized patches) then you most certainly are going to want to get another coat of primer and paint on there. Be sure to use quality paint for such a project, the kind that will resist water and extreme temperatures better than normal products.
Speaking of waterproofing, if you’ve got a wooden deck or porch then you ought to be considering putting down another layer before snow and ice begin to appear. Summer showers are bad enough, but snow and ice are even more unforgiving on your wooden deck so be sure to have a new coat of high-quality water sealer on before the bad weather starts in earnest.
Moving indoors, everybody knows just how bad the effects of winter can be on the home’s pipes (especially in places where the winter lows reach well below freezing). To help overcome this terrible inconvenience, you should go ahead and have insulation materials installed on both hot and cold water pipes for as much of their extension throughout the house as possible.
While the water is cold inside the pipes the insulation materials will help prevent it from freezing and thereby bursting your pipes; and in the case of hot water traveling through the pipes, such insulation will actually prevent thermal loss which translates to more efficient electrical or gas consumption, depending on what kind of water heating system you use.
Freeze Sensor Installation
Finally, consider having freeze sensors installed in the lower levels of your home (ground floor or basement if you have one), especially if you have expensive and sensitive equipment in these parts of the house. A freeze sensor can alert you to extreme temps inside and can help you save electronic equipment or even indoor plants from potentially irreparable damage.
When Jim isn’t working full-time helping people to transform their homes, he uses his experience to create articles like this one, and organizing charity events from his home in Leicestershire, UK.