Ready or not, winter is right around the corner in Wisconsin. When it comes to winter, Wisconsin residents have a whole list of preparations: swapping your tires out for snow tires, adding some sand bags to your trunk, stocking up on ice melt for your driveway, putting away patio furniture, and tucking in any plants that may survive for the winter. We know you’re already busy enough, but did you know there are ways to winterize your house as well to protect it from any damage? Your home is most likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so here are a few steps to take to protect your investment during the harsh winter months.
- Apply a water repellent seal to your deck. We believe your deck is an extension of your home. Just like you keep your driveway clear of snow, keep your deck clear as well. Prior to the first snowfall, add a fresh coat of a water repellent to your deck to help fight off mold and mildew during the wet and cold months of winter!
- Check your gutters. You should always check your gutters for excess leaves and debris after all of the leaves have fallen. Anything blocking water from traveling down your gutters could cause leaking and or flooding in your home.
- Let faucets drip. When the weather is below freezing, let your bathroom and kitchen faucets drip just a little bit to keep water moving to prevent your pipes from freezing. Another way to help prevent freezing pipes is to leave cabinets open under your sinks.
- Check window seals for cracks. If there is a crack or opening in your windows it can let in cold temperatures and excess moisture. Repair any openings with caulk to prevent outside air from getting in.
- Keep your heat on. When you’re leaving to go out of town it may seem like a good idea to turn off your heat to save money. Don’t do this. Keep your heat set at least at 65 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing causing them to burst and flood your home.
- Detach any outside hoses. Not only is this bad for the hose, it can create extra water buildup in your pipes and cause damage or bursting pipes.
- Evaluate your homeowner/renters insurance policy. Many policies cover flood damages, but sometimes that doesn’t include pipe damage. Pay attention to your policies to ensure that you’re covered in the event of an accident.
In Wisconsin, we’re ready for whatever winter may throw our way but that doesn’t mean that accidents don’t happen. If you find yourself with any sort of damages following winter, trust Elite Improvement to get your home all fixed up and ready to go! We specialize in roofing, home improvement, siding, deck renovation, and so much more. For more information on our services, contact Elite Improvements at 262-716-6663 today!