Rupp Family Builders

Design and Build construction contractor serving Portland and Bend

Rupp Family Builders

Winter Weather Tips

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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.


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