Prepare for Winter – Winter-Proof
Winter-Proof – Winter is coming, and due to the economy and growing environmental awareness, many of us are pretty energy-conscious this year. Nonetheless, the prospect of winter-proofing your home can seem daunting – but there are easy and simple steps you can take to make your home more winter-proof without a complete overhaul. It does not have to be a big, expensive project. Here are some easy ways to keep out the cold out and keep in the heat. Continue reading
It’s easy to forget just how cold it can get in the wintertime. If it gets cold enough in your area for water to freeze outside, then it can freeze your water pipes inside – especially those pipes in close proximity to outside walls. The damage that can be incurred from burst water pipes can be as catastrophic and devastating as a fire, and just as expensive and difficult to fix. Even if pipes do not burst from freezing, it can bend them (especially copper pipes), making them more susceptible to breakage and in need of replacement. Replacing pipes can be quite expensive.
Pipes that are insulated also retain heat much better, keeping the water in them hot for a longer period of time. That will save you some money on your electric bill (since your hot water heater won’t have to work as hard).
Padding and insulating your pipes before really cold weather sets in is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to save yourself a lot of time, money, and headache. There are several ways to do this. Continue reading