A couple of months each year, old homes endure extreme weather. Some fall apart or get damaged because the owners failed to take precautions. Weatherproofing can help you avoid the heartache and costs that come with repairs. Since your old home is susceptible to bad weather, the best you can do to ensure it holds up is to take precautionary measures.
What Characterizes Extreme Weather?
Two things typify extreme weather in Kansas City, MO. The first is precipitation, which tends to be high in warmer months. This takes the form of rainfalls and occasional floods. The other weather factor is temperature. While your old home withstands a range of temperature changes, it won’t likely hold up well when temperatures plummet in winter or soar in summer. Heatwaves are as much of a threat to your home as blizzards.
Ways to Protect Your Old Home
Your home can weather the normal snow, rain, and sunshine. But when conditions get extreme, there’s little you can do to stop the elements from assaulting it. Act now while the weather is still mild or moderate. For a start, here are several things you can do to weatherproof your old home from extreme conditions.
Check your Home’s HVAC system
As bad weather approaches, you’ll want to make sure that your heating and air conditioning systems are working. Typical units can heat and cool your home for up to 15 years. Some start acting up after 10 years or so. A lot of the problems have to do with maintenance.
Before the weather turns extremely hot or cold, take time to check filters and ductwork. Ask your local HVAC contractor to inspect your system and tell you whether it needs repairs. We strongly recommend that you get an annual maintenance plan. It’s better to diagnose HVAC issues when temperatures are mild than discover your unit isn’t functioning right in the middle of a freezing winter or blazing summer.
Insulate Your Plumbing System
During cold months, your plumbing remains the greatest threat to your old home. Water tends to freeze and thaw. If your water pipes aren’t insulated, they can burst and inundate your home with water. Dealing with the aftermath is not only stressful but costly. It’s the last thing you’ll want to deal with as you try to keep your home warm and dry.
Additional measures you can take to winterizing pipes include:
- Shut off all water pipes that feed any outdoor taps.
- Get a smart water monitoring device to check the water pressure and temperature.
- Leave your faucets dripping constantly so as to prevent frozen pipes.
- If you have a wood stove or fireplace, stock up on firewood.
Weatherproofing Before a Big Storm
Heavy rains and strong wind can cause serious damage. Here are measures you can take to stop them from battering your home.
- Remove leaves and debris from your gutters. Ensure downspouts are channeling water away from your home’s foundation.
- Clip dead branches as they could turn into dangerous projectiles and cause serious physical injury.
- Secure outdoor furniture, potted plants, sheds, and trash cans by moving them inside.
- Ensure your basement drainage system and sump pump are in working condition. Get a backup battery if you don’t have one.
Caulk and seal exterior wood
As you secure other sections of the home, don’t forget to protect the wood trim on your home’s exterior from the elements. While the wood used to make the deck is pressure-treated and resistant to rot, the wood trim around the doors and windows isn’t. It’s likely made of pine board that’s roughly one inch thick. When it gets exposed to water, it’ll deteriorate quickly. Trim replacement is both costly and a delicate affair, which even a skilled expert may struggle with during repairs. Before that happens, go around your home and ensure the paint and caulk are still intact (not chipping or flaking away). Reapply both if they’ve scraped away. Don’t let a big nasty storm or freezing winter throw surprises your way. Get in touch with your local basement contractor and obtain a free waterproofing quote, plus solid recommendations to protect your home from extreme weather conditions that can cause water damage.