How To Protect Your Home Against The Elements This Winter

Nov 10 2018
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This article just reminded me on the one other big job I really needed to get done before winter. Unfortunately it is now going to have to wait until spring but the rock my ex put on the outside of my house is literally just falling off. Under it the stucco is breaking away and the wood beneath that is rotting. Its not really not good. And its awful I didn’t get there this summer.

I had planned actually on attacking that job this fall and then it snowed! With basically no ability to work outside this year in September or November I lost nearly two months.

It is the first thing on my list for next spring though!

First snow and thinking about Christmas already, fixing our dishwasher by cleaning out the water inlet valve and taking a night away with a hot tub.

(The following is a contributed article.)

Protecting your home against the elements is always important but you need to think about it a lot more at this time of year.

Now that fall is here and it’ll soon be winter, your house is at risk from the rain and the snow and the low temperatures. If you don’t protect your home properly, you could end up with all sorts of problems like flooding and damp.

Your home won’t be comfortable either if it’s freezing cold all of the time. If you’re worried about the winter months, these are some of the best ways to protect your home from the elements.

Repair Brickwork

One of the biggest dangers during the winter is large storms.

They can have a devastating effect on the house if you don’t protect it properly. Any gaps in the brickwork or siding are a big problem because they’ll start letting the water in and you’ll end up with ice and water in your walls.

If left unchecked, that could cause some serious structural damage to the house and create a lot of mold which is always bad news. That’s why you need to patch any damaged siding or brickwork asap!

Paint The Exterior Properly

You can add another layer of protection to the outside of the house if you paint it properly with some good quality paint.

A few coats of thick exterior paint will create a waterproof barrier against the rain and protect the brickwork a lot better. It might be best to use professional painting services here.

On the inside of your house, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have the best coverage as long as it looks good because it’s just cosmetic. But the exterior paint serves a function so it needs to be kept maintained.

Winter in Minnesota after a divorce while heating with a wood stove. Finding my new footing and my new reality with wonderful friends, loved ones and people that support and flock around me. Keeping the house warm, the horses fed and finding peace.

Clear Out Your Gutters

Nobody likes clearing out the gutters but it’s important if you want to protect your house.

If all of the gutters are clogged, water will build up in there every time it rains. All of that water is then going to start seeping into the house and running down the walls.

That’s an easy way to get problems with damp and mold. This is especially important in the fall when there are a lot of leaves around. Get up there and clear them out on a regular basis and you don’t need to worry.

Or you could consider purchasing gutter caps.

Add Insulation

There are simple things you can do to keep the cold out like using draught excluders underneath the doors but in some houses, particularly older properties, that isn’t enough.

If you’re really struggling to keep the house warm even though you might want to consider getting some better insulation put in the walls.

These are all easy ways that you can protect your home from the elements during the winter.

Also, consider looking into getting a heat review. My aunt had one done a couple of years ago and it wasn’t terribly expensive but the guy came out and used an infrared device to figure out where all of her heat escaping.

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  1. Tiana
    November 19, 2018 at 1:34 am

    I love seeing how you’ve recovered after such a horrible blow. You did it with grace and with style while still being in the public eye. AND lol I love getting the information you give through your site. I’m really glad I signed up when I did. I truly needed to see the pain you went through and the bright sunshine I see as you came out of the dark. Thank you for your braveness and your strength. Evidently, your grandmas house helped you grow into a strong woman just as mine did.

    Tiana Witcher

    • November 19, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Oh Tiana, thank you so much for coming by and commenting here. Besides Grandma’s house you guys here on the blog have also supported and helped me heal throughout all of this! Hope you have a lovely holiday!

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