Winterize Your Home
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
Posted 11:27 October 13, 2019
Last Updated 11:27 November 03, 2019
Long time Nevada residents know that even though we live in a hot desert, we still need to winterize our homes. Winter is coming, and with it freezing temperatures than can destroy irrigation systems and burst even the strongest water pipe. Don’t get caught out this winter. It will soon be time to winterize your home.
Protect Your Pipes
Freezing pipes are a nightmare for any Nevada homeowner who lives in a region cold enough to freeze regularly. When the water in pipes freeze in the home, their seals become compromised. The next time you go to use that pipe, water freely flows from those broken seals. Often, because these breaks occur underneath your house or inside of walls. You may not notice the leaking water until it has caused extensive damage.
The best way to protect your pipes from freezing is through insulation. An insulated pipe is much less likely to freeze. Pipes inside of exterior home walls (walls that have a side exposed to the outside of the home) are especially vulnerable to freezing.
Consider adding extra Insulation to Your Home
Home insulation keeps your home warmer in the winter. It also keeps your home cooler in the summer. This is a double benefit for Nevada residents where we run the air conditioner in the summer and the furnace in the winter. If your electric and gas bills are high, consider adding more insulation to your home. You’ll probably save money in the long run.
The Exterior of your Home
The exterior of your home takes the worst of any season’s brutal weather punches. In the winter, this means rain, ice, snow and wind. Start your exterior winterization project by removing debris from your gutters.
Clean gutters doesn’t just help areas with ice and snow – it helps any area that can get heavy winter rainfall. If a gutter is plugged up, torrential rain water has no place to go. The water gets redirected underneath your roof causing extensive water damage.
Aside from your gutters, check all around your house for any signs of damage that could get worse with winter weather. This could include damaged siding , leaks, or exposed insulation. Once you’ve checked your house over, complete your exterior winterization projects by considering landscaping issues.
Protect Your Irrigation Systems
Irrigation systems are especially vulnerable in Nevada. The wise Nevada homeowner has learned to hook an air compressor up to the irrigation system and blow all the water out by the end of November. Doing so protects brittle irrigation lines from freezing and breaking.
Smart Nevada homeowners spend a little time at the end of November and during early December to winterize their homes. You can save money, cut back on your utility bills, and reduce the number of repairs your property needs. All Trades in Las Vegas, Nevada is here you help you with your home winterization needs. Contact us today for an easy, no-hassle, no-obligation quote. We can prepare your home for the coming winter. We service Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and most parts of Clark County, Nevada.