7 Things to Inspect Before the Big Freeze Buyers Inspection Services November 8, 2022

7 Things to Inspect Before the Big Freeze

7 Things to Inspect Before the Big Freeze

Texas Cold Winter is Coming

It doesn’t matter whether you aren’t ready for winter. It’s time to prepare your property for the harsh winds, cold temperatures, & ice sheets that appear out of nowhere, and snow. There are many things that winterizing can mean to different people, depending on where they live. In Houston, for example, you need to do everything possible to ensure that any water buildup is removed, heated, or insulated. Keep that in mind as you look at these 7 items, be sure to check them all before it freezes (or if it is already freezing).

The Big 7 Winter-Ready Checkboxes

#1. Even if your plants seem strong, giving them a new mulch to snuggle in during winter is nice. Spread two to four inches of organic mulch on the roots of all plants. If the plants are not yet above the ground, pull the mulch away slightly from the plants so that there is a moat. To prevent them from freezing, mulch should be applied to herbaceous plants after they have died and pop up in spring.You can also trim branches too high from your trees to prevent ice buildup and strong winds from bringing them down onto your home, car, or garage. Now is the time to disconnect your sprinkler system according to the design.
#2. You cleaned out your gutters after the fall leaves had fallen. You did, but you should recheck your gutters when it gets cold outside. Ice dams can be caused by water backing up into your attic, leading to serious problems if this happens repeatedly. To be safe, check your gutters and eliminate any debris that may have accumulated since the last cleaning.
#3. Grab a styrofoam covering for your outdoor faucets at the nearest home improvement shop, even if they are frost-free. Removing any hoses from outdoor faucets once the temperatures drop at night is best. Now it's time to put a little hat around them. While some people wrap their faucets in pipe insulation, the styrofoam cap is the best for long-term use. These caps are simple to install, can be stored until next year, and hold up well all winter.
#4. Wrap Your Pipes. Crawl spaces in homes are more susceptible to freezing pipes during winter. Sealing the foundation vents to prevent cold winds from entering the crawl space. Pipe insulation should be applied to any outside wall; the most popular type looks like pool noodles. Heat tape should be used for pipes that are prone to freezing. Frozen pipes can be a nuisance from a convenience standpoint, but they can also cause serious damage if burst.
#5. Use a caulk knife to clean your windows and doors. Next, grab the caulk gun, and start to go crazy. Make sure you push the caulk into each opening as you apply it. To create a continuous bead, angle the tip so you can move across a section with one motion. It's also a good time to inspect your weatherstripping. These are the main entry points for cold and drafty air, whether between the door and the jamb or properly sealing the windows. You have many options when it comes to weatherstripping.
#6. While some inspector websites may encourage you to inspect your chimney before you use it in fall or winter, there is better advice. You can inspect your chimney yourself, and it’s possible to do your root canals. However, it is a terrible idea. An affordable alternative to a fireplace is a quick inspection by doing a chimney sweep. The problem is that you will see little from the hearth, and many chimney fireplaces start higher — You might not know you have had one. A wood stove with a double- or triple-walled flue may give you greater access to the entire length of its chimney. However, it is best not to risk anything that can burn as hot as a fireplace or wood stove. You need to treat this item to avoid disastrous results.
#7. It's a good idea to think about whether you have another house. It will need the same care, depending on where it is located. You can either do it yourself or hire someone to do it. Winterizing the house's plumbing is a DIY job you can do. Make sure you test all shut-off valves when DIYing. It's a great time to replace them since you will also turn off the water main.
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