4 Tips to Weatherproof Your Home

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Whether it’s whipping winds, a sudden flood, or icy temperatures that chill you and your family to the bones, changing weather can be hard to deal with. But, it isn’t just yourselves that you need to worry about. You also need to know how to weatherproof your home so you can protect everything. This is most important for anyone who has just moved into a new house as you may not have everything you need yet, so consider these ideas to ensure you and your family are safe once the weather turns. 

Double Check Your Roof 

The roof is one of the most common danger areas when thinking of weatherproofing your home. For many, it is out of sight and out of mind, which is why problems like a leaky roof or critters setting up a nest there are prominent. 

You don’t want to wait for a storm to come and soak your attic, so check your roof while you still have the chance. Chances are you may be able to fix roof problems yourself, but you may need to hire a professional to ensure you don’t attempt anything too dangerous. 

Protect The Garden 

Your garden could also become a problem, especially if you have tall trees or structures that may get battered by the wind and other weather problems. Trim back branches and keep a close eye on the leaves and twigs that may clog your gutters. Furthermore, if you have a driveway, porch, or garage, you can work with a metal fabricator to provide better and more secure protection that should keep your garden safe throughout fall and winter. Do a quick sweep of your garden before it becomes too cold to spend time there, too. This gives you the chance to clear out any tools and toys and put them somewhere safe. 

Get Ahead of Freezing Temperatures 

Freezing temperatures can do much worse than simply sending a shiver through your body. There are many household issues that they might impact, including freezing standing water inside pipes around your house. You can prevent burst pipes by covering them with insulating foam. This will keep the pipes from splitting and flooding your house, especially in areas that are hard to notice, which may cause irreparable damage to your home. 

Keep The Chill Out 

If the house is too cold, you could put your family and pets at risk. For vulnerable people, there is an increased risk of severe illnesses, while no one likes to wake up each day freezing. Protecting your household with draft excluders can keep the chill out, but you should also check windows and doors to ensure they are properly sealed. Replacing the seals can keep the house insulated and prevent issues such as condensation, which could also contribute to black mold. This mold is incredibly dangerous, so do everything you can to keep it out. 

Batten Down 

The weather can change instantly, so you must prepare for when the temperatures drop and the rainfall comes more frequently. With these tips – and helpful extra advice from your neighbors – you can weatherproof your home and keep your house as safe as possible. 

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