Here’s How To Winterize Your Home In The Wyoming Cold
The winter wind, snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures, are all weather problems we deal with during the Wyoming winters.
We know it's coming and we know we have to prepare, but sometimes we run out of time and forget. We've already had freezing temps and snow storms, and with the official date of winter lurking, you still have time to act and get your home ready.
Making sure your home is properly winterized is important, not only to keep you warm, to ensure your home and your bank account doesn't suffer.
The US National Weather Service Riverton, WY is a great place to monitor to make sure you're aware of any upcoming storms, temperature fluctuations, or other weather situations. Get tips and advice on how to handle these at weather.gov.
Weather in Wyoming is a tough cookie to crack, and this winter has proven that. Forecasting the weather is tough, but if you're prepared, you'll be ready for anything that comes along.
What steps do you need to take?
- Inspect your chimney - built up residue, nests and debris can be hazardous to your home and family
- Insulate exposed pipes - a small area of exposed pipe can cause your pipes to freeze in freezing temperatures. A frozen pipe can lead to burst pipes and thousands in damage.
- Weather strip doors and windows - taking time to ensure all cracks and air leaks are secure will stop warm air from escaping and cold air from entering your home. Window plastic, caulking and stripping can eliminate these issues.
- Add Extra Padding - Your attic / crawl space can be another entry point for cold air to enter and warm air to leave your home. Adding extra insulation will help you not only in the cold of the winter, but in the heat of the summer.
- Clean debris from your gutter - Fallen leaves, sticks, and other debris can keep the water from exiting your gutters. When that water freezes, your guttering system or home can be damaged and cost hundreds to fix. When the water flows over the sides and freezes, it could develop icicles that could break off and hurt anything or one standing under it at the time.
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Testing your detectors and replacing the batteries are an important part of winterizing. With the use of heating sources like wood stoves, fireplaces, space heaters or furnaces, the risk factor of your home catching fire or filling up with deadly gasses increases in the winter.
- Supplies - Having extra supplies during the winter is important. If we get one of those 'out of the blue' big snow, wind or ice storms, you may be in your home for a period of time. Making sure you are stocked up, will ensure you and your family have the necessary supplies you'll need to make it through.