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How do I Winterize My Home?

Updated on:
June 9, 2023
Winter wonderland with small homes

Protecting your Home from Weather Changes

Changes in the weather can have effects on the internal and external parts of your house. Since your home is likely your biggest asset, it’s essential that you take the necessary preventative measures to protect it from any damage. In some cases, you can do things yourself, while in others, you’ll need to bring in a professional to get the best results. Whichever route you take, it’s recommended that you put things in place before the weather changes.

Winterizing Tiny Homes On Wheels

If you have a tiny home on wheels, we can’t stress the importance enough of skirting around your tiny home. It’s incredible how many times we’ve heard of pipes freezing or problems occurring when people hadn’t skirted their tiny home. Even when the temperatures weren’t even that low! Make sure your tiny home has low point drains on both the hot and cold fresh water piping - then make sure you drain it whenever you leave your tiny home!

Here are a couple of items that would help with preventing these issues!

Heated Water Hose

Heated Water Tank Blanket

Skirting with some sort of insulation

Winterizing Cabins

If you have a cabin in the woods that you don’t get to visit very often in the winter time, it’s crucial to winterize it prior to the cold weather. You’ll want to make sure you don’t have any pipes full. Also, make sure you close the flue.

Before It Gets Hot and Humid

Increased temperatures can affect your home’s foundation because the soil shrinks away, leaving the foundation exposed. To reduce this risk, make sure there are no trees close to the house and use a sprinkler system to keep the soil moist. The heat can also cause the shingles on your roof to crack because of expansion, as well as indoor wooden flooring to buckle. It’s best to have professional roofing contractors inspect your roof, which typically costs between $200 and $700. Roofers can make sure your roof is protected, and you can protect your floors by keeping humidity in check.

Speaking of humidity, if your home is too humid it can cause moisture to settle in crevices and other areas that can lead to mold growth and rotting of drywall. It’s recommended that you ensure your home has proper ventilation and use humidifiers or dehumidifiers where possible.

Before the Rainy Season

Unless your home is damaged, a little bit of rain shouldn’t do much. However, when it comes to heavy and consistent rainfall, you may see damage to your exterior wall if your gutters are clogged. Clogged drains can’t lead rainwater away from your house, so you could have excessive water running down the exterior walls.

How to Handle Damage

Even with preventative measures, your house may get damaged. If this happens, it’s important to get the damage assessed and repaired quickly. A damaged roof, in particular, is a time- sensitive repair. When deciding whether to repair or replace your roof, some of the information to consider will be the significance of the damage, the age of the roof, the cost, and if a partial repair will cause the roof to become less wholesome. A roof in good condition will have a positive impact on your home’s value if you have plans to sell it in the future. You could get a higher selling price and sell the home more quickly if your roof is well maintained.

When your home is at the mercy of the full range and onslaught of Mother Nature’s changing moods, it’s important to make sure it’s well protected. This will ensure that your home is safe while you’re living in it and can fetch you a desirable selling price if you decide to put your home on the market.

Shout out to the Winterize Guys for the awesome intel!

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