For Missouri homeowners, it’s time to get ready for winter. That means winterizing your home to protect your wallet against weather-related damage and home repairs this season. When the leaves begin to turn and we start thinking about the holiday season to come, it’s time to start fall home maintenance to protect our homes from lower temperatures and the winter storms to come.
From lowering your heating bill in Kansas City to protecting your St. Louis basement from water damage, winterizing your home this fall will help save you money in the future. Do you want to reduce pests, mold and mildew growth in your basement or crawl space this winter? Waterproofing your home as part of your annual maintenance can help. Take a look at these nine simple winterization tips for fall.
To protect your home this winter from freezing temperatures and other damaging winter weather conditions, an annual fall maintenance schedule can reduce costly home repairs later on. Most homeowners know that water damage can be costly to repair, whether it is caused by humidity buildup in your basement or crawl space, burst pipes, or a flood. Even a small water leak can cause major damage to a home’s foundation if left unchecked.
Check For and Repair Any Leaks and Cracks
To protect your home against damaging water leaks this year, check your pipes from top to bottom for leaks. Even a small leak in a basement, bathroom, or kitchen can attract mold and mildew growth, as well as pests. Starting in the attic or top floor, check each pipe for leaks, ending in the basement or crawl space. If you do identify leaky pipes or other water damage, it’s best to fix the problem right away before winter temperatures can make the issue worse and even more expensive to fix. Ensuring your home is free from moisture, water buildup, and damaging leaks this winter will help reduce pests and mold growth as well as reduce maintenance fees.
Did you identify a mildew smell, mold or standing water in your basement when looking for leaky pipes? One reason for each of these problems in the basement or crawl space of your home is a damaged foundation. If you can’t find the source of water damage in your basement, consider a professional foundation inspection to identify foundation issues before they grow worse. Even a small crack can allow water to leak inside your home and attract pests and mold growth. Identifying and fixing foundation damage is an important part of winterizing your home this fall.
Don’t Let Freezing Pipes Damage Your Home This Winter
If you’ve never experienced frozen or burst pipes as a homeowner, trust us, it’s not something you want to deal with this winter either! Freezing winter temperatures can cause major water damage to homes if pipes are left unprotected. But with a few tips for winterizing and insulating your pipes, you can help protect against this messy winter catastrophe.
To protect your pipes from plummeting temperatures this winter, add foam insulation to the pipes, especially those in your basement or crawl space. Additional winterizing tasks for your basement or crawl space include sealing exposed ductwork with aluminum tape. This will help trap heat inside and protect pipes from freezing temperatures.
Improving insulation in your crawl space can also help protect your pipes from freezing. Adding new thermal insulation both improves temperature control in the basement areas and helps waterproof the basement to protect against wet weather and moisture buildup inside. By investing a small amount in floodproofing and insulating your pipes, basement, or crawl space, you can help reduce more costly maintenance fees from frozen pipes this winter.
To waterproof your basement and protect it from water damage this winter, installing interior drainage and a sump pump is essential. When you install a sump pump to protect your basement against flooding, ensure you attach a backup battery to make sure the protections continue when the lights go out. This small investment can also help save you big in the event of an emergency, major winter storm, or flood.
Lower Heating Costs This Winter
Another negative effect of winter weather is an increase in heating bills for homeowners as the outdoor temperatures dip. If you’d like to lower your home’s heating bills this year, winterizing the home can help. First, find any air leaks that are letting warm air escape and cold air in. To identify air leaks in your home, search around windows and doors with your hand for a change in temperature. If you feel a lower temperature nearby, you may have a leak!
To fix air leaks and better insulate your home from winter temperatures, add caulking around problem areas inside and outside the home. Installing curtains, including in basement windows, or plastic film can also help improve insulation and reduce heating bills this winter.
Finally, improving your heating system can also help reduce your heating bill. First, change your furnace filters this fall to improve heating and cooling outputs. This will also help reduce your energy use, which is better for the environment and less expensive. If you’re looking for a new heating unit, purchase an energy-efficient one and add a programmable thermostat to help reduce heating costs.
Need help winterizing your home this fall? Contact Foundation Recovery Systems for a free inspection and estimate on foundation repair, basement waterproofing and crawl space insulation measures.