The frigid temperatures in the area are making us think about the effect of winter on houses. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you start seeing your breath in the air, but they don’t have to get out of control. Here’s what you need to know about cold weather as it relates to your rental home.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on your heating bills.
Even if you’re renting an older home without adequate insulation you can use a few hacks to save money. You can place plastic over your windows to provide a better seal and insulate the windows to prevent heat loss. Since you won’t want to seal your doors with plastic, we recommend an adorable door snake to keep drafts out. Also, don’t forget to open up the drapes on the south side of your home, which will get the best light, and provide a little free heat for your home.
Disconnect hoses and keep pipes warm.
Hoses attached to outdoor spigots create a huge problem. If there is even the tiniest leak it will freeze in the hose, creating a block that allows ice and pressure to back up into the pipe. If the ice doesn’t thaw fast enough it will burst the pipe. Never leave a hose connected when the temperature will be below 32 degrees.
Keeping pipes warm on the inside of your home is simple. Open up our cabinet doors. This lets warm air circulate around the pipes, preventing freezing. You can also insulate pipes that sit against a cold wall with a pool noodle split down the side.
Watch out for ice dams.
Ice dams can become very dangerous for your home very quickly. An ice dam is the equivalent of a door snake for the melt off of your roof, and can easily ruin your home’s water proofing. If you notice icicles take a closer look at your eves. Is snow building up near the end of the roof? Can you see what looks like a lump of ice building up? It’s time to take action.
Keep walkways clear.
In Canon City it is required for citizens to shovel the sidewalks in front of their homes. This keeps the way safe for pedestrians, including children as they walk to school. Additionally, you don’t want someone you love to slip, so spreading a little ice melt will go a long way in keeping your outdoor areas safe and ice-free.
If you have questions about how to care for your rental home in the winter, don’t hesitate to call Fremont Investment Partners and ask for tips!