Things to do when the Winter weather hits:
- Drip your pipes to prevent ice blockage / pressure build-up. If pipes freeze, open sink faucet and use hair dryer on affected areas.
- Optional: Install a water / moisture alarm in the crawl space. This can help minimize damage and alert you immediately should a problem arise.
- Put a faucet cover insulation over your outside faucets.
- Cover your crawl space vents.
- Close your chimney chute, if you have one. This help keeps the warm air inside.
- If you have good windows, let the sunlight in. If there’s no sunlight, cover them with curtains.
- Prepare for any snow / ice melting runoff.
- Make notes of improvements you can make when the weather improves
Things to do in the Spring / Summer / Fall to prepare:
- Consider replacing your windows. This is one of the best investments you can make in terms of insulating your house.
- Re-do your weather stripping, where necessary. Around windows, doors, sliding doors and any other openings in the house.
- Pay attention to the condition of your roof, and get it fixed quickly, if needed. The last thing you want to deal with during a cold streak or spring downpour is a bad roof issue.
- Check to ensure your underfloor is insulated. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation.
- Use using foam pipe insulation sleeves to wrap your pipes.
- Install a smart thermostat or wood stove.
- Tag your water shut-off valves and let people in the household know where they are. Use bright color tags and maybe a keychain buoy on a leash for ease of finding if a crisis arises.