Summer has given way to autumn, and people throughout the Greater Bay Area are starting to get ready for the upcoming holiday season. However, amidst your fall decorating and holiday shopping, it’s important to remember another key seasonal measure: preparing your home for imminent winter weather. With its chilly temperatures and heavy rainfall, winter can take a toll on any home, but with proper preparation, you can fortify yours against the elements and avoid common problems.

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While the Bay Area isn’t subject to the extreme conditions found in other states, winter weather can nonetheless take a toll on local homes. Photo: American Home Renewal, Inc. (2014)

Weatherproof your exterior
Whether to keep out water or cold air, weatherproofing your home is a vital preparatory measure during winter. Not only can weatherproofing prevent costly water intrusion issues, it can also improve home energy efficiency by keeping the heat in and lowering utility costs. Here are a few important proactive steps:

Have your roof professionally inspected to identify potential leaks. In addition to checking the condition of roofing shingles, a professional will inspect vulnerable areas such as the flashings around skylights, pipes and chimneys.

Maintain your home’s drainage system. When gutters and downspouts become clogged, it can lead to expensive repairs, so clean these areas before and during the rainy season. Also, to prevent issues with standing water, make sure the soil around your home is properly graded.

Caulk cracks and install weather stripping around windows and doors. Weather stripping is a simple, cost-effective way to deal with air leaks, which can account for a significant amount of home energy loss. Autumn is also a great time to upgrade your attic insulation, which is one of the cornerstones of home energy efficiency.

Read Part II of Preparing Your Home for Winter with Fall Maintenance.

To find a Diamond Certified company that can help you prepare for winter, click on one of the links below.

Roofing
Alameda County: www.diamondcertified.org/alameda-roofing
Contra Costa County: www.diamondcertified.org/contra-costa-roofing, www.diamondcertified.org/contra-costa-roofing-metal
Marin County: www.diamondcertified.org/marin-roofing
Monterey & San Benito Counties: www.diamondcertified.org/monterey-san-benito-roofing
Napa County: www.diamondcertified.org/napa-roofing
San Francisco: www.diamondcertified.org/san-francisco-roofing
San Mateo County: www.diamondcertified.org/san-mateo-roofing
Santa Clara County: www.diamondcertified.org/santa-clara-roofing, www.diamondcertified.org/santa-clara-roofing-metal
Santa Cruz County: www.diamondcertified.org/santa-cruz-roofing
Solano County: www.diamondcertified.org/solano-roofing
Sonoma County: www.diamondcertified.org/sonoma-roofing

Drainage/gutters
Alameda County: www.diamondcertified.org/alameda-drainage, www.diamondcertified.org/alameda-gutters
Contra Costa County: www.diamondcertified.org/contra-costa-drainage
Marin County: www.diamondcertified.org/marin-drainage, www.diamondcertified.org/marin-gutters
Monterey & San Benito Counties: www.diamondcertified.org/monterey-san-benito-gutters
Napa County: www.diamondcertified.org/napa-gutters
San Mateo County: www.diamondcertified.org/san-mateo-gutters
Santa Clara County: www.diamondcertified.org/santa-clara-gutters, www.diamondcertified.org/santa-clara-gutter-protection
Sonoma County: www.diamondcertified.org/sonoma-gutters

Insulation
Alameda County: www.diamondcertified.org/alameda-insulation
Contra Costa County: www.diamondcertified.org/contra-costa-insulation
San Francisco: www.diamondcertified.org/san-francisco-insulation
San Mateo County: www.diamondcertified.org/san-mateo-insulation
Santa Clara County: www.diamondcertified.org/santa-clara-insulation
Santa Cruz County: www.diamondcertified.org/santa-cruz-insulation

One Response

  1. Justin Milrad says:

    Great post! I would also add that this is a really great time to have an HVAC professional come into your home and verify that your heating unit is working properly and doesn’t need any routine maintenance. It’s much better to do this before you’re stuck freezing your tail off! Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have them check your air filters and make sure your ducts don’t need cleaned while they are there. We also change the batteries in our smoke detectors at this time as well. It’s really great to build all of these fall home maintenance tasks into an annual time for the benefit of your safety and health!

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