Prepare Now For the Coming Winter

Not all survivalism should be centered around a worst-case-scenario. It is arguably more important to prepare for the problems that will inevitably come your way over the next year, societal downfall or not. Neglect these precautions, and you could invite a small-scale disaster on yourself while preparing for Armageddon.

Summer makes for an excellent time to start thinking about the winter to come. With the kind of crazy weather patterns we’ve had for the last couple of years, you never know when fall will betray you. If you wait too long to winterize your home, you could find yourself smack in the middle of a blizzard, utterly unprepared. Instead, set a weekend aside and knock out the following tasks.

Tighten Home
You can have an attic filled to the roof with insulation and still lose plenty of heat through unsealed doors and windows. The first step towards proper winterization involves doing a full walkthrough, looking for any places where cool air may be seeping in and heat may be escaping. Caulk and weatherstripping should help you ensure a tight seal.

Inspect Heater
If you’re facing major heat repairs, it’s far better to know when the temperatures are still moderate. Inspect your heating system or – preferably – have a professional come out to take a look. If you don’t have a regular heating company, read reviews carefully before calling one out. Some will look for any excuse to make a buck off you, so it pays to be cautious.

Inspect Fireplace
If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace, this is a good time to get it ready. A thorough safety check is required; make sure the flue is working properly. Furthermore, make sure you aren’t losing heat through the damper. If you feel a draft, you might consider implementing a flue sealer – an inflatable tool that plugs any leaking air.

Cover Your Pipes
If you have any exposed pipes, it can be a good idea to insulate them with sleeves made specifically for that purpose. You don’t want to face the winter with busted pipes and water damage. If you prefer, you may be able to insulate the pipes using materials like newspaper. Some choose to keep their faucets running just a little bit throughout the winter to prevent freezing, but that’s a considerable waste of water.

Clear Out the Gutters
Clogged gutters are a problem at any point in the year, but they can be especially troublesome once the winter storms start blowing. Leaves and debris can prevent snowmelt from being properly drained, thus putting your roof in danger of damage. Special snow guards can ensure that your gutters handle inclement weather more efficiently.