A Quick Guide to Winterizing your Home

Summer is coming to a close, and the colder weather of fall is a brisk reminder of what comes next: winter. Start to prepare now, and you can help keep your home safe no matter what kind of weather this winter brings.

  1. Change your furnace filters (and check your furnace). Clogged filters not only fail to eliminate dirt and dust, but restrict airflow through your furnace altogether. They should be replaced at the start of the season and as needed throughout the months your heating system is in use. While you’re at it, consider scheduling an appointment to have your furnace inspected by a qualified HVAC contractor for a quick tune-up.
  2. Drain hoses, AC piping, and outdoor faucets. These uninsulated pipes are a major freeze hazard when winter rolls around. You can prevent them from freezing by being sure to drain them completely. Turn off the water to the faucet or disconnect the hose, and then open the tap (if there is one) or simply drain the hose until no more water comes out.
  3. Put in your storm doors and windows. If you’ve got storm doors and windows for your home, now is the time to put them in. That extra layer of protection can make a big difference when it comes to insulation during the winter. Similarly, if you wish, now is also a good time to put up insulating plastic.
  4. Check for drafty gaps and caulk or weatherstrip as needed. Take a quick lap around your house and examine anywhere that there’s something like a window, door, or pipe break in your walls – anything that might permit airflow. These areas should all be sealed, but may require a bit of a touch up if it’s been a while since they were first put in place. In most cases, a layer of caulk or weatherstripping is enough to do the job. If in doubt, contact a construction professional.
  5. Insulate your pipes. In the winter, cold makes pipes freeze, and frozen pipes burst and leak. We see it on a daily basis when the weather turns cold. Yet in many cases, the danger of a freeze can be dramatically reduced by insulating the pipes. Pre-made pipe insulation is available at most home supply stores – simply cut it to fit the length of the pipe, and then duct tape it to secure around the pipe.

When it comes to keeping your home secure and comfortable when cold weather hits, a little bit of prep work during the fall can go a long way in the winter. And remember – if the worst does happen and your property suffers frozen pipes, ice dams, or other winter weather damage, Mammoth stands ready to help. With 24/7 emergency service available from our hotline at 888-495-5211, we’re here to help you recover.