Cold weather signals the start of many things. From snow days and pumpkin pies to candy canes and Christmas trees, it’s hard not to love the changing of the seasons.
Cold weather also signals another critical change: the time to winterize your home. Just like changing your wardrobe or switching your decor, it’s essential to prepare your home for the transformation of the seasons — both inside and out.
Let’s explore some of the ways to winterize your Madisonville, LA home effectively.
Winterize The Inside Of Your Home
Get the inside of your home ready for the coldest part of the year with some time, money, and a little bit of elbow grease.
1. Set The Thermostat
Be sure your home doesn’t drop beneath 65 degrees. Any lower, and your home may run the risk of frozen pipes.
2. Insulate Your Pipes
Go the extra mile to insulate your pipes with electrical heat tape or foam jackets.
3. Seal Cracks
Any cracks, gaps, or crevices around the house should be sealed with waterproof caulking.
4. Add Weatherstripping
Place weatherstripping underneath doors and windows to lock in warm air.
5. Clean Out The Chimney
If you plan on using your chimney this year, be sure to have it professionally cleaned!
Winterize The Outside Of Your Home
Protect your personal belongings from the bitter cold by prepping your property for the long winter’s breeze.
1. Check Your Gutters
Clean leaves, water, and wood debris from your gutters. This will prevent freezing temperatures from forcing any trapped moisture to expand, reducing your gutters’ integrity.
2. Prepare The Gardens
Remove weeds, leaves, and dead growths from your garden beds.
3. Remove Driveway Cracks
Cracks or splits in your driveway will likely worsen over the winter. Negate this possibility now by repairing any gaps that are already visible
4. Take In Houseplants
Any plants you want to keep alive over the winter season should be taken indoors before the weather drops to 45 degrees. Remember: plants need lots of sunshine. If you don’t have a sunny window to put plants by, consider buying a grow light!
5. Re-Seal Your Deck
Add a fresh coat of paint or sealant to your back deck or front porch. This will help protect the wood against harsh winter weather and any freezing or scraping that may affect its color.
Call Northshore Renovations And Contracting For Winterizing Help
Serving St. Tammany Parish for over 30 years, Northshore Renovations and Contracting has been a leading home construction and renovations provider. Whether you need to rework, redefine, or re-examine critical elements of your kitchen or bathroom, know that the professionals at Northshore Renovations and Contracting are available to help.
From design to completion, whether large or small, Northshore Renovations and Contracting can do it all! Call, click, or submit an online contact form today to get in touch with a pro near you. We’re looking forward to chatting with you soon!