Aside from Game of Thrones, the weather is actually getting colder and it’s time to start thinking about weatherproofing your properties against the cold. Below are a few relatively inexpensive ways you can start weatherproofing your property today.
- Purchase and install eco-friendly windows and doors. If you cannot afford new windows and doors (who can, right?), fix the leaks you can find with caulk and/or weather stripping. An easy way to find a drafty window is to light a candle and hold it in front of the window or door. If it flickers at a certain spot, there’s your leak!
- Use door draft stoppers. You can make your own; check the internet for patterns!
- Make sure your attic/basement has adequate insulation. If need be, add more.
- Get a programmable thermostat. These can help by automating your home temperature regulation and save you hundreds of dollars in wasted energy.
- Check your gutters. If your gutters are at the wrong angle (proper slope is between 1/16 inch and 1/8 inch per foot), water can overflow and run down your walls into your once-dry basement or foundation.
- Repair cracks in your concrete. If you have a cracked walkway, adverse weather and freezing temperatures can make them worse, which is an accident waiting to happen.
- Check your electric outlets for drafts. It seems silly, but they are open to the gaps between studs and can let in exterior air. A cheap foam outlet gasket can fix this problem easily!
- Check your fireplace and flue. If you have not used your fireplace since last year, it’s probable that there is some build-up inside. Make sure to get it cleaned out and in proper condition before you use it again. (In this case, I would suggest hiring a professional and making sure the job is done by the book.)
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure they’re all functional and ready to protect you and your family this winter.
- Insulate your plumbing. A burst pipe is nobody’s friend, so head off any potential claims by making sure there is proper insulation around all your plumbing (pipes and fixtures).
These are just a few things to think about! Please stay safe out there and keep your property secure. If you have questions, please contact our agency and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.