In Colorado, we’re used to changing temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns. We can go from a spring day to a snowstorm in minutes! That’s why it’s important to ensure your home maintenance schedule is up to date, even if the fall weather is just beginning. As the leaves change and we get ready for winter weather and end-of-year celebrations, here are some important winterization tips to help you protect your Denver home during the upcoming snowy season.
From Colorado Springs to Denver and throughout the state, homeowners know that winter weather brings higher heating bills and that lower temperatures can impact our homes in damaging ways. From frozen pipes to leaking basement windows, if your home isn’t ready for winter, you may be in for a big maintenance bill this spring. That’s why winterizing your basement is an important task each and every fall season. From protecting your basement against pests to reducing mold and mildew, these simple tasks will help keep your home warm and your family comfortable this season.
Stop Air Leaks from Increasing Your Heating Bills
Before you get your first winter heating bill, here are a few tips for winterizing your home to help reduce energy consumption and lower this winter’s heating bills. First, check for air leaks around windows and doors from the top floors to the basement. In addition to letting out heat and letting in cold winter air, poor insulation around windows and doors can also attract damaging pests and moisture.
To find places where your heating dollars are escaping the home, run your hand along the edges of windows and doors throughout the home. If you feel a change in temperature, you probably need to winterize the area. If you identify air leaks, close the holes around windows and doors with caulk both inside and outside the home.
Improve Energy Efficiency Throughout the Home
In addition to caulking windows and doors, adding energy-efficient window coverings can also help reduce heating costs. From curtains to plastic film, make sure your basement windows are covered as well as the rest of the home. In addition, consider these energy-efficient appliances and upgrades to help winterize your home this fall:
- Replace furnace filters to improve heating and cooling efficiency
- Purchase EnergyStar appliances, including a gas furnace to save on heating costs
- Install smart home appliances, including programmable thermostats, to improve efficiency
From programing your thermostat to reduce the temperature a few degrees in the home at night to investing in more efficient appliances and heating units, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and lower your heating bills this winter. The savings will continue into the summer as well!
Fix Leaky Pipes Before the First Freeze
In Colorado, the first freeze of the year could be right around the corner. Before our temperatures plummet this year, identify and fix leaky faucets or pipes in your home. From the basement to the attic, fixing and insulating pipes is an important winterization task to protect your home from water damage.
Even a small water leak can cause enough moisture for mold and mildew to grow in your basement. And any standing water will attract pests this winter. Removing this water source now will help protect your basement this winter by minimizing pest activity and lowering unhealthy mold and mildew growth.
To protect your pipes from both freezing and bursting this winter, add foam insulation, especially to pipes in the basement or crawl space that may be colder than in other areas of the home. In addition, seal exposed ductwork with aluminum tape to help keep heat in and protect your pipes.
If your basement or crawl space insulation is old, it may be time to get a professional inspection and invest in additional insulation before the temperatures fall. With many new products on the market to protect your basement from cold weather, water damage and more, a small investment this fall can save you from more costly repairs in the future. One example is thermal insulation, which helps keep heat in, cold weather out, and damaging moisture away.
Waterproof Your Basement to Protect Against Burst Pipes
Even well-insulated homes can experience frozen and burst pipes in the winter when temperatures fall. If your basement is not waterproofed, water damages can be extensive and expensive to fix. By adding a few professional floodproofing items to your basement, you can help protect your home against water damage this winter.
Basement waterproofing measures include a reliable interior drainage system to intercept leaking water and a quality sump pump with a backup battery. The latter is particularly important to ensure your waterproofing protections continue to function even when the power goes out.
Protect Your Home’s Foundation from Winter Weather
If you find standing water, moisture in the air, or water damage you can’t identify a cause for while winterizing your basement, your home may have foundation damage. Even small cracks and holes in a home’s foundation can let in enough water to cause mold and mildew growth, attract pests and damage interior spaces.
Before the temperatures dip, protect your basement or crawl space from water leaks and frozen pipes with a foundation inspection. If you identify issues with the foundation, fixing them immediately before the problem can spread is the best way to protect your basement from damaging winter storms this year. As the temperatures fall, foundation issues can grow. For help winterizing your home this fall, including professional basement waterproofing, foundation inspection and repair, and crawl space repair, contact Complete Basement Systems today for a free inspection and estimate.