Tips to Winterize Your Home »
Posted On 1/8/2010
The experts WAYNE Pumps and their friends at Red Devil Inc. know the damage that winter weather can do to your home and wallet. Drafts and gaps can drain energy and greatly impact your utility bills. Water damage from melt off or pipes that burst can cost thousands, and threaten family heirlooms that cannot be replaced. Plus, imagine trying to get rid of standing water in freezing temperatures!
“Sump pumps are your first line of defense against water damage,” said Matt Dempsey, Director of Retail, WAYNE Pumps. “For complete basement protection, a sump pump should also have a reliable battery backup system, since power tends to go out during storms.” He also recommends the company’s new iSwitch Technology, with no moving parts to corrode or wear out that lasts five times longer than other switches in the market.
Winter can also be a literal drain on energy bills. Sealing with caulk can be a powerful tool and it’s easy to do. “Homeowners in this economy are looking for ways to save money by tackling home improvement projects themselves,” said Jason Ringling, Red Devil, Director of Marketing. “They can save up to 20 percent savings on utility bills by effectively caulking problem areas.”
Both company experts agree that a little prevention can save a ton in dollars and aggravation. Here are tips to winterize your home before you get too deep into winter’s cold clutches.
- Check for energy leaks and drafts—main culprits are under the door jamb, around windows, exhaust pipes and vents.
- Use a caulk that is lifetime-guaranteed and suitable for heat and freezing temperatures to seal off gaps in windows.
- Clean gutters and make sure downspouts drain far away from the home foundation.
- Disconnect garden hoses in areas where freezing temperatures could burst your pipes and flood your basement
- Be sure your sump pumps and battery back-up systems are in working order. Test by pouring in water into your sump pit to turn it on.
- Cycle test your HVAC system’s condensation pump the same way, making sure the discharge line is clear and securely fastened.
- Protect all well pumps from freezing temps by removing drain plugs by applying pipe insulation or heat tape; make sure pump location is kept above 32 degrees F.
- Make sure all sump and utility pump discharges extend away from the home. Standing water can freeze and possibly damage foundations.
By following these simple home preventative and maintenance measures, you can keep your home and valuables safe and dry all winter long.