10 steps on how to protect your home and roof from freezing temperatures.
If you take these steps you will protect your home from freezing temperatures and all the problems that go with the winter weather.
1. To keep outdoor plumbing fixtures from freezing, disconnect and store any garden hoses. Then, shut off the water to your outdoor faucets, drain the lines, and insulate the hose bibs.
2. You need to prevent your pipes from freezing by making sure your home has adequate insulation. This includes insulating your exterior walls, crawl space or basement, attic and—in many cases—the pipes themselves.
3. Do you know that even small holes where cable wires or phone lines enter your home can be an entry point for freezing air? Purchase a tube of foam insulation, and close them up. Then, use weather stripping to remedy any cracks around your doors.
4. You must make sure your shut off valve is in good working order. Cranking it all the way to the right should shut off all water to the house. If it’s rusted open or only closes partially, replace the valve immediately.
5. You need to check out if any of your indoor faucets are located on exterior walls that aren’t adequately insulated, set your faucets to a slow drip whenever temperatures dip below freezing, for maximum effectiveness, make sure both the hot and cold lines are opened slightly since both are at risk of freezing. Also, consider leaving cabinet doors open, so your pipes will be warmed whenever your home’s heating system kicks on.
6. In case if your garage is attached to your home, you have to minimize the time your garage door is open. This will help to keep cold air out of your house and protect your water heater and any other plumbing that you may have in the garage.
7. Invest in a meter key (or keep a crescent wrench handy), so you’ll be able to shut off the water at the meter, should your shut off valve ever fail you. Then, practice turning the water on and off, so you’ll know how it’s done.
8. Make sure you’ll be able to keep your thermostat running continuously by keeping spare batteries on hand. Sometimes it’s the small details that save the day.
9. Full gutters increase your chance of having ice form on your roof, and that’s not something you want to mess with! Set aside some time to clean your gutters out before the freezing temperatures get here.
10. Proper attic ventilation is vital to preventing ice dams on your roof. Inspect your attic to make sure there’s no insulation blocking your soffits or attic vents.