Saturday, December 19, 2009

Winterizing Your Home

All day Thursday and Friday weather forecasters were calling for a major snowstorm that would drop anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of snow on the DC Metro area.  Micheal and I were skeptical since anytime such accumulation was called for in Kansas we ended up with a lame dusting.

Despite our skepticism we went to the Home Depot to stock up on a few items needed to winterize our home in the even that the supposed “snow” did bury us.

First we set out to get the supplies to prepare the outside of our house for winter.  Before we moved in the lovely bank bought us a new A/C unit which we wanted to cover with a tarp.  We should have done this before all the leaves fell, but in this case it will keep the snow buildup out of the A/C.  We used a tarp with a built in drawstring like this:   

It worked out great!  Definitely was a two person job but we were able to secure the tarp around the bottom of the A/C and protect it for the remainder of the winter!


Next we bought faucet covers for the two outdoor faucets we have.  To do this you need to:

  1. Shut off the water to each faucet (look for the shutoff valve on the inside of your house, will be approximately be 18-24 inches from the outside faucet.)
  2. After shutting off the water, turn on the faucet to drain the remaining imagewater out of the line.
  3. The final step is attaching a faucet insulator/cover over the spigot.


As might be expected in a house that was not well maintained we have several spots in the house that are essentially holes to the outside world.  The downstairs exterior door is one of those holes that lets in a nice continuous breeze.  So we purchased a window sealing kit to cover the slatted window.  This will help make our downstairs warmer and cut down on our energy bills!

Well, it’s a good thing we did these things since the weather forecasters were right…


So crazy!!

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