Although Texas is a warmer state, Texans are certainly no stranger to bad weather. The town of Katy may not get cold very often but residents should still be prepared for winter weather. According to climate data, Katy’s hottest month is August with an average temperature of 84.4 degrees while it’s colder months of December and January can get down to 46 degrees on average. With more variations in weather patterns over recent years though, residents should still make sure that their homes are winterized prior to the colder months. To get an idea of what steps to take, these are a few of the basics.
Winterize the Pipes
By late October or early November, it’s best to winterize the pipes by draining water from irrigation, sprinkler, and hose lines. Any outdoor faucets should also be protected as they may be more prone to freezing. Consider covering them with cardboard or material. The pipes inside the home are less likely to freeze but any exposed pipes that are not insulated should be wrapped. Freezing water expands and can cause pipes to burst so make sure that this task is a priority.
Check and Clean the Roof
Did you know that the most heat can escape through the roof? Strong winds and other bad weather can damage the roof and you may not even be aware. According to experts at Bearded Brothers Roofing, it’s a good idea to schedule a roof restoration project before the colder weather to ensure that you’re not missing any shingles or have other problems. The gutters on your roof may also need some work. Once the leaves fall, clean the gutters and other debris. Clogged drains can cause significant damage so it’s a good idea to do this in the fall season each year.
Check the Furnace
Your furnace probably doesn’t get much use so it’s more likely that you could have a problem without even realizing it. Turn the furnace on before it gets cold in order to check that it’s working. A short strange smell is pretty common when you first turn on a furnace. However, if you notice the smell of gas or the smell doesn’t disappear quickly, shut it down and call a professional. It’s a good idea to have the furnace cleaned and tuned each year. The cost is fairly low but you’ll be assured that your furnace will work when you need it.
Winterize Doors and Windows
Any entry points to the house are areas where it’s easy for heat to escape. Replace any drafty windows with storm windows if you can. Seal any cracks around doors and consider replacing the seal to the door if needed. You can light a candle and hold it near the door or window to see if there is a draft.
These tips can ensure that your home is ready for colder weather. Since going through these tasks can take time, get a start before it gets cold. You’ll find that being prepared is easier when you have extra time. Winterizing your home will keep it warmer throughout the colder months.