It’s hard to believe that January is already coming to an end. In Durham, we’ve seen our fair share of rain and snow already, but there’s more to come. It’s important to make sure your home is fully prepared for heavy weather in these cold winter months.
There are several areas of your home you should check when preparing for winter weather:
- Heating system
- Exterior paint, caulk, concrete, and wood
- Drainage and gutters
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Pool and sprinkler systems
- Door and window seals
Call the pros at JD Service Now at (919) 626-3626 if you need assistance with any type of plumbing or heating issue. We’re here to help!
Prepping Your House for Winter Weather
Properly preparing for cold weather can save you a great deal of stress and money. Here’s what you can do:
- Heating system: The best way to keep your home’s furnace or heat pump working is through proper maintenance. This will help you avoid expensive breakdowns, and the last thing you want is to have a heating emergency in the dead of winter. Schedule an inspection with a local HVAC technician who can identify any potential issues before they become serious problems.
- Exterior paint, caulk, concrete, and wood: You need to keep rain and snow out of your house, and that starts with exterior paint and caulking. Check the paint on the outside of your home, particularly around windows and doors. If you see gaps larger than the width of a nickel between siding and window or door frames, reapply caulk. Make sure all areas of exterior wood and masonry are properly sealed.
- Drainage and gutters: Clean your gutters or have them professionally cleaned. Look around the outside of your house for low spots where water and snow are likely to pool. Fill these with soil and make sure gutter downspouts are moving water far enough away from your home’s foundation—at least three to four feet. Add downspout extenders if needed.
- Chimney: Have your chimney inspected and cleaned before you light your first fire of the winter. Stock up on firewood so you have it during the coldest days and nights.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Fire and carbon monoxide poisoning risks are highest during the winter, when we light our fireplaces and keep our homes sealed up tight. Check all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re functioning properly.
- Pool and sprinkler systems: Shut down and drain your pool and irrigation systems, as well as any outside faucets. Water expands when it freezes, and this can cause serious damage to water lines that are not drained properly. Avoid leaks and frozen pipes by draining and shutting down irrigation lines.
- Door and window seals: Even a small draft can make a big difference in the overall temperature inside your home. Check around your doors, windows, and even outlets to make sure everything is sealed properly. Use spray foam insulation or hire a professional to fill in any drafty areas you find.
You can also learn more by reading our blogs about specific winter-related issues, like When & What Temperature to Run a Heater During the Winter or Five Tips for Winterizing Pipes.
Professional Durham Plumbing & Heating Help When You Need It Most
If you’re dealing with a plumbing emergency or suddenly lost heat in your home, the team at JD Service Now is here to help. Our technicians are reliable, friendly, and highly skilled. In fact, we have over 100 years of combined experience to address any plumbing or HVAC need. We serve customers throughout Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill with the commitment to quality workmanship that your project deserves.
This winter, choose a team that will keep you safe and comfortable through the heaviest weather. Contact us online or call (919) 626-3626 today!