March 4, 2010

What to Check around Your Home after a Cold Snap

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Maintaining a home in good conditions year round can be a real challenge, and as just about any home owner knows (or ought to know) there is no more complicated a season than winter in this regard.  Cold weather—especially really cold weather accompanied by snow, ice and rain—can do a degree of damage to your property with the greatest of ease, and from one week to another a cold spell can leave you with some pretty serious maintenance projects to tend to.  There are several different things to check on around the home after a cold spell has passed through your area, and here we’ll be shedding some light on what exactly they are, what can be done to resolve the issues, and what steps can be taken to make sure that when the next cold spell descends on your area your home is better prepared.

So read on and learn a little valuable information about how to keep your home in better conditions in the face of the ravages of cold weather; if you put the following ideas into practice, you’ll be saving yourself lots of money in the long run by fixing problems before they get out of hand and even preventing them before they have a chance to take effect.

After a cold spell:

There are countless negative effects which a cold spell may have on your home or surrounding property, and the results are guaranteed to be even worse if the cold spell was accompanied by a good bit of precipitation of any kind (sleet, snow, rain, etc.).  You’ll need to take a look around the property, both inside and out, to make sure that no damages are left unaddressed after the cold weather subsides—if that were to happen, you could end up with a pretty major headache before long!

General tips leading up to the cold:

You’ll want to be extra careful with all drains and pipes throughout your home in the lead up to the colder months of the year.  Make sure that all piping is properly insulated or has alternative solutions such as heat cables fixed to it, and that there are no cracks or openings in your walls that could be letting in a draught (such as around dryer vents or even in old window units; use caulk to take care of such problems).  Even the tiniest aperture in your walls, if close enough to a pipe, could cause it to freeze overnight—and cause serious problems in your home.

Maintaining your driveway during the warmer mpnths, like using block paving sealant will reduce the risk of damage when it gets colder.

Finally, make sure that your home insulation itself is in good condition so that you’re not wasting money and resources trying to keep the cold at bay.

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