Kitchen and Bathroom Preparation for Cold Weather
Kitchen and Bathroom preparation is important! Fall is in full swing, which means temperatures are quickly dropping. Now is the best time to do some home maintenance projects that will keep you and your family warm and comfortable throughout the cold months, and although often overlooked, your kitchen and bathrooms are a good place to start.
Kitchens and bathrooms are generally cooler than other rooms in the home and can feel unbearable to spend time in on especially cold days. Cold temperatures in these rooms can also create issues for your plumbing, appliances, or furniture, which could lead to costly repairs.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to ensure your home is prepared for the season:
Check your heating system: You’ll want to make sure your heat is working effectively, not only in your kitchen and bathroom but your entire house. A professional should inspect your system to ensure it’s working correctly at least annually, and fall is a perfect time. You should also check ducts for mold and debris, and change your air filters regularly.
Insulate pipes: You want to make sure your pipes are properly insulated so they do not freeze in the cold weather. Keep your heat up and make sure your walls are well insulated so your pipes aren’t in a cold environment. You can also install additional insulation around the pipes for added protection. On especially cold nights, you can keep your pipes at a slow drip to prevent freezing.
Check the water heater: Performing water heater maintenance will ensure that you have hot water all winter long. If your water heater cannot handle the demand of the cold weather, you could be without hot water you need to cook, clean, or bathe. Check all pipes and valves for leaks and inspect the tank for any rust or corrosion. You should also flush out the tank to get rid of any sediment and get it working more effectively. If your water doesn’t feel warm enough for your winter needs, you can adjust the temperature by a few degrees.
Making changes for kitchen and bathroom preparation throughout your entire home can help ensure that your home is safe and protected!