Rochester NY’s winters can be tough on a house. Quality Homes of Rochester wants to help you take the proper steps to protect your home from all the problems that the freezing temperatures bring. Below are a few helpful hints to make sure you’re safe from the deep freeze
- Inspect exterior walls for holes and cracks
Even small holes where cable wires or phone lines enter your home can let in freezing air. Seal these holes and cracks with calk or foam insulation. Utilize weather stripping to seal any cracks around your doors.
- Shut the water off to outdoor spigots
Outdoor fixtures have the greatest chance of freezing. Shut off the water to your outdoor faucets from inside the house to ensure the pipes don’t freeze and possible burst.
- Let your faucets drip
Even indoor faucets are at a risk for freezing when the temperature hits these Rochester lows. Any faucets located on exterior walls that aren’t properly insulated are at risk. Let your faucets drip slowly (both the hot and cold lines) whenever temperatures dip below freezing.
- Keep soffits and attic vents clear
Proper ventilation is crucial in preventing ice dams on your roof. Make sure there’s no insulation or objects covering your attic vents or soffits.
- Make sure your gutters are clean
Gutters that aren’t properly cleaned increase your chance of ice daming which can be very destructive to your roofing. Clean your gutters out before the freezing temperatures arrive to save your roof’s life span and some big headaches in the future