Winterizing Your Home
Summer is when you can spend days outside enjoying the warm weather, but unfortunately those warm blissful days always eventually lead to the dreadfully cold days of winter. As much as we hate to see summer end, late summer and fall is the perfect time to get your house ready for the cold New Jersey winter temperatures.
At Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate, we find the perfect homes for people just like you. With us, you will have no problem finding real estate in Princeton New Jersey. Since we specialize in New Jersey and Pennsylvania real estate, we can help you identify some of the ways you can protect your home from the cold winter..
The How’s and Why’s of Winterization
Winter is hard on homes. Just as the freeze-thaw cycle can damage roads and make potholes, it can also ruin your home. With winter on the way, it is time to get ready. Here are some actions you can take to protect your home.
- Protect your spigots: If you don’t have frost-free spigots, you will need to make certain they are drained and that the water that normally goes to them is turned off. You can also purchase covers that will add a bit more protection. Remember, freezing water can break a pipe and cause water damage to your home.
- Seal it up tight: You and caulk should become fast friends. Silicone caulk will prevent water movement. Check around your windows, and any area where gas and electrical lines enter your home. You can use caulk to seal up the holes to keep water, as well as vermin, out of your home. Weather stripping around your windows and doors will also help keep heat inside your home where it belongs.
- Roof inspection: Did you know that most of the water damage in a home comes from a leaky roof? Fall is a perfect time to check out your roof. If you don’t feel comfortable on a ladder, you should call in a professional. Make sure any missing shingles are replaced. Remember, that under ideal conditions, asphalt shingles are only built to last 15 to 20 years. While you are up on your roof, make certain that the area around your vents and chimney are tightly sealed.
- More ideas: For more ideas about what you can do to prepare your home for winter, you can check out WebMD. Another good source for home winterization information and the materials you will need to make the repair is Lowes, or any other hardware store’s website.
Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate Is Here To Help
In summary, when you want to protect your home against winter, the biggest things to do are protect your home against anything that can freeze, and seal up your home to prevent water from getting inside. When you are looking for the perfect home, Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate does the work to help you find everything you want in a home. Give us a call and put our expertise to work for you.
Published November 15, 2017 in Home Care