Home Improvements To Help You Get Through Winter

You may not like the bitter winter cold but for your house, this season is the hardest to survive. In fact, the biggest structural damage your home suffers occurs during winter as the snow and cold take their toll on the unprepared house. Luckily, there are home improvements that can help you get through winter without any major repairs. Regulating the temperature inside and insulating the walls are just some of the measures you can apply to winter out this snowy season.

Insulating the unusual spots

You probably know all about the importance of insulating the walls of your house. However, it is equally important to invest in insulating the less probably areas of your home. For instance, insulating the basement is not a waste of money since a cold basement will literally drain all the heat from the rooms above.

Furthermore, the hot water pipes that run through the basement can benefit from insulation as well. The last thing you need is lukewarm water reaching your heating bodies when the temperature outside plummets below minus 20 degrees Centigrade. Metal is not very good insulation so even a thin layer of foam around the hot water pipes can help reduce waste of energy.

Finally, insulating the attic is also a great move. You don’t of this space as an energy-inefficient area because the roof is slanted. However, a roof without proper insulation underneath will give out warm air that is generated below. This will cool down the house, especially the upper floor where the nursery and the bedrooms are located.

Disconnecting the garden tap

Just like the hot water pipes in the basement, every meter of piping that is not going to be used during winter and that lacks proper insulation should not be used. This is easier said than done, as homeowners forget to disconnect the garden tap, for instance. They turn it off in September or October and completely about it until springtime comes. However, as temperatures hit their yearly low, the water inside freezes over, increasing the risk of a pipe bursting.

Instead of closing off the garden tap, be sure to disconnect it all together so there is no water inside the pipes underground. The same should be done with other outdoor water features, like a provisional kitchen. As far as swimming pools and splash pads are concerned, they should only be fully emptied but covered with a plastic sheet to prevent the show from accumulating inside them.

Cement rendering the walls

Having mentioned the swimming pool, it is worth noting that its inner walls are much more reliant to cold than the walls of your house. The main reason for this is that cavity insulation can only provide protection against cold air to a certain point.

A much better solution is rendering the walls with cement. This method will not only weatherproof the walls (subzero temperatures included,) but it will increase the overall aesthetic appeal of the house. If you have already used this method to treat your walls, then perform the necessary cement rendering repairs before the onset of winter.

Helping Santa

If your children ask you if the chimney stack is clear for Santa to come down, don’t take this question as a joke. In the best Christmas spirit, be sure to actually look up the chimney. Namely, it needs to be cleaned because you are going to fire up the hearth once again and if there is anything stuck inside the shaft, all sorts of problems can occur. Even if the chimney is unobstructed, it still needs to be cleaned for the inside so call the local chimney sweeper to the rescue. Finally, check the kitchen hood and all the other air vents, as they should all be ready for the winter season.

Inspect the house for openings

In the end, one final checkup will get you ready for the holiday season. Get outside and walk around the house inspecting it in the process for holes, cracks, and openings. You might find out that there is a draft coming from under the windows or that the corner roof tile is missing. These are easy fixes but if you fail to perform them, you could be in trouble after the first snowfall.

If you notice a chilly breeze sweeping through the house but you have ruled out the window area as the likely culprit, turn to the front door. Its bottom section is often disproportion to the size of the frame so a gap several millimeters wide can appear. You could never tell it existed during summer but in winter you’ll need to get a rubber gasket to cover this minuscule opening that cold winds can still get through.

Getting through winter is not easy as it’s the most challenging season of the year for your home. However, a couple of home improvements listed here will help turn the tide around and ensure you spend the snowy January in the comfort of your warm home.

 

Ways to Prevent Dry Rot in Homes

In most cases people fail to understand that dry rot may not always be as easy to remove as it looks at first sight. Dry rot is a lot tougher, as it requires minuscule amounts of water to begin. This is a very important reason why you should always keep your eyes open. One of the main reasons why dry rot occurs is because of high humidity in the area or even inside the home itself. Thankfully, there are quite a few methods to get things done as we will point out here:

Checking the ventilation should be the first step toward making things happen. One of the chief reasons for dry rot is the poor ventilation of indoor surfaces, thus making it possible. You may need to address flaws in the ventilation system as well as any damage that may be causing the increased humidity.
Ways to Prevent Dry Rot in Homes
Insulation also plays a key part in keeping things balanced, since your home needs it to avoid humidity issues and to keep a constant and steady temperature level. You have to ensure the insulation works and that its not damaged in any way. One of the most common mistakes people make is to insulate their roofs only, completely missing the point of insulating the floor of their attic as well as the basement.

You should check out the crawl spaces of your home. If you happen to have any such spaces, you should make sure you see whether there are any signs of moisture or rot at all at least once or twice every year. One of the simplest ways of covering a floor so you can block moisture coming from the ground is to put up plastic sheets, though that also calls for better solutions in the long run.
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You should also do your best to find and repair any possible leaks that may have occurred. This has to be done as soon as possible when you find them. Not addressing the issue as soon as you can will end up bringing more moisture in the area, thus leading to a number of underlying problems such as increased risk of dry rot in the future.

You can also apply good amounts of fungicide to stop dry rot dead in its tracks. Since its caused by a type of fungus which eats the wood, fungicide can be an excellent solution to the problem that acts quickly and efficiently.

You must replace what you can if its necessary. In case you find that the rot has advanced too much, you will need to make sure you remove the infected areas completely, as it may spread to the rest of the nearby surfaces.

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