Now is the time to start preparing for possible harsh weather conditions. Fall is the best time to prepare, before possible snow or excessive cold. Winterization will protect against bursting water pipes, and heat loss due to opening in the building envelope. Inspectors should know how winterization works and be able to pass this information on to their clients.

Plumbing System 

Bursting pipes during cold weather can cause water damage and can be devastating. Broken water pipes can be a costly repair. Therefore it is recommended that water supply for exterior pipes be shut off from inside the house and then drained. All exposed water pipes should be insulated. Cover the entirety of the pipe.

Building Envelope Leaks

Warm air can escape into the outdoors through leaky door frames, window frames, and electrical outlets. If window leaks are found they can repaired with tape or caulk. If a homeowner walks through a house on a breezy day you can find far more leaks. You are most like to find leaks where a seam exists between two or more building materials. 

Insulation

When it’s cold out we wear a hat on our head to stay warm. Attic insulation also prevents warm indoor air to escape. Attic insulation should be 12 inches thick in cold climates. And storm doors and windows should be installed to protect against harsh weather and insulate the house.

In conclusion, getting the home ready for winter is a great way to protect your home against damage caused by cold temperatures. Fall into this practice before it gets too cold.

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