How to Prepare Your Home for Harsh Weather Conditions

When the forecast tells you that the weather is about to get cold with high winds and below freezing temperatures, you know that snow and ice is also on the way. During this time of year, it is important that you not only prepare by having enough emergency supplies on hand, but getting your home prepared as well. Here are some ways to prepare your home for harsh weather conditions.

Prepare Your Plumbing

You can start getting your home ready for the harsh conditions by winterizing your plumbing. This must be done in order to avoid having frozen pipes in your home. This happens most often when you take a vacation during the winter and certain parts of your plumbing system aren't used as much, or this can happen in areas like the bathroom in the basement. Winterizing your plumbing involves multiple steps, including insulating any pipes that aren't hidden by the wall, such as in the basement or outdoors. You should also turn off outdoor water supplies and fixtures, since you don't need your sprinkler or garden hose with the bad weather conditions. Make sure you run warm water through all the pipes regularly during the harsh weather. 

Install Storm Windows

Having storm windows installed over your existing windows is also a good idea. Storm windows will help give your home better insulation so it stays warm, as well as protecting the windows from ice and heavy winds during a snowstorm. You might also want new windows installed if you have the time and budget for it. If your current windows are not double or triple-pane glass or have damage like cracks in them, they won't protect you much during below-freezing temperatures.

Secure the Roof

You also need to make sure your roof is in good condition and that it is secured to your home's structure. Heavy winds and snow can be really hard on your roof, so if it is already not in good condition, you are putting it at risk. Make sure there are no cracks or holes in the roofing materials so you don't end up with a leak if it rains or if the snow melts. If there is a big snow or windstorm coming in, make sure the roof is secured to the house structure. You might also want to talk to a roofing contractor to have your roof inspected and make sure it is ready for extreme climates.