Prepare Your Affton Home for Winter Weather
Affton is renowned for its harsh winter weather. You can prevent water damage this winter by taking proactive measures before the cold weather arrives.
Home Exterior and Interior
Walk around the exterior of your Affton home. Inspect the roof for missing or loose shingles that can cause a leak. Clean gutters and downspouts so that water is diverted away from your foundation. Clogged gutters can also lead to ice dams that cause roof leaks and damage your soffits and fascia boards. Have your chimney and flue cleaned and inspected if you plan to use your fireplace. Change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Caulk and weather-strip doors, windows, gaps in the foundation and places where utility lines pass through walls to prevent heat loss and pests from seeking shelter inside your home. Ensure that your home has adequate insulation. Reverse the direction of ceiling fans for added comfort. In addition to preparing an emergency kit containing flashlights and blankets, consider purchasing a battery backup for computers and other electronics in case the power goes out.
Heating System Tune Up
Contact a Affton heating company to schedule a seasonal service of your residential heating system. The inspection will ensure that the unit is clean and in good repair as well as operating at peak efficiency. This will reduce energy consumption and save money on your utility bills. The technician may also find small problems, which could lead to major repair expenses. This inspection will help prevent blocked condensation lines from leaking water and failure of your heating system when you need it most. Ensure furniture and drapes are not blocking heating vents.
Protect Your Pipes
Frozen pipes are a common cause of cold-weather damage to homes. Drain lawn irrigation systems and turn off exterior faucets. Wrap pipes that pass through unheated areas, such as basements, attics and crawl spaces with insulation. During protracted frigid temperatures, open faucets to let water drip slowly thereby preventing excess pressure. Open cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes. You should know how to turn off the water to your home in case a pipe does rupture to limit the amount of water damage. If you experience a burst pipe, it is essential to remove the moisture, which promotes the growth of harmful mold.