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  1. The Winter Procrastinator: Getting Your Home Ready Last Minute Before the Cold

    Winter Procrastinator

    /win-ter pro-cras-tin-a-tor/

    last minute Christmas shopper; recovers only half of the decorations they’ve had stored in boxes for years, and puts them up days before Christmas; buys grocery store desserts on the way to a family gathering.

    If any of the above describes you, then maybe the holidays are not your favorite time of the year. That’s okay. The first step to recovery is awareness and acknowledgement. We’re here to help you through this trying time. If the shopping, decorating, and cooking is not your strong suit, that’s perfect, that’s only half of the winter prep.

    Behind the scenes of Christmas lights and jingle bells, there is some serious home preparation needed to head into the cold months. Most important is making sure your home is sealed tight preventing any moisture from entering. Water and moisture buildup almost always lead to mold, especially if ignored until the cold season passes.

    Steps for Sealing Your Home & Preparing for the Cold

    1. Prep Outdoor Plumbing

    Outdoor plumbing might be one of the most crucial elements of winterizing a home. If excess water exists in outdoor faucets or hoses they can freeze in their pipes, and potentially burst. Make sure to drain and turn off all faucets, including any sprinkler systems. Being extra careful never hurts – use heat tape on any questionable pipes inside the house. Performing all of these quick checks will (unfortunately) prevent you from having to call any (really cool) mold removal companies, like us, during or following the holidays.

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    2. Divert water away from house

    With heavy rains or snow storms, a lot of strain is put on your gutters. You want to make sure that the water and debris your gutters are collecting, are being pushed down and away from your house. Add extensions to downspouts to divert water several feet away from the base of your home.

    3. Clean Gutters

    Checking to make sure your gutters are free of debris before the rain and snow come can prevent water buildup as well as ice from forming along your gutters and roof. If the gutters collect too much weight they can potentially collapse, cause leaks, or other roof damage.

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    4. Check Roof

    While you’ve still got the ladder out from checking the gutters, check your roof as well. Look for any missing or damaged shingles that could be the source for unwanted leaks indoors.

    5. Caulk Windows & Doors

    Those tiny cracks between your siding and windows or doors may seem like nothing when the weather is mild. However, when temperatures drop to freezing or below, the cold air coming in through these cracks will make the difference between a warm and cool room. Use silicone caulk (about $6 at Home Depot) to fill in those cracks. Be thorough and check all window and door frames and joints.

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    6. Seal Leaks

    Wherever you feel a draft or see water dripping, just seal it all up. Do a quick scan of your home, and don’t forget your attic and basement. Check all storm windows and doors. Replace any weather stripping, and caulk the entry points of ducts and pipes that lead outdoors. You can’t be too careful when preparing for the cold. Not only are you ensuring you and your family’s comfort, but that of your home so that is may remain durable throughout the entirety of the winter months.

    If these winter prep steps didn’t do it for you, we are very sorry to hear that. Maybe you can give shopping and decorating another try… Just think of it this way,  Aunt Karen may have found that perfect gift for little Johnny, but you’re the one who kept him warm and dry all winter and that’s what really counts. He’ll appreciate it one day.

  2. The Importance of Crawl Space Encapsulation

    50% of the air in your home comes from your crawl space.

    It’s true, half of the air you’re breathing in your home is rising from the crawl space beneath your house. Most people are unaware of just how significant it is to the rest of their home, but as it turns out, a moist, moldy crawl space that is left unsealed can bring allergens, radon, mold and more into your home.

    Not convinced that your crawl space can be a danger?

    Let’s pose it as a question. Of the images below, which would you prefer to have under your house? Consider maybe kids or pets running around on the floor, or playing near vents.

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    It’s likely that you preferred the sealed crawl space to the unsealed one. Even if you’re not quite convinced that an unsealed crawl space is harmful, you wouldn’t risk your family’s health for certainty. And that is precisely the point. Encapsulating your crawl space should not come after your kids develop allergies or you yourself develop a cold. It’s a prevention method to ensure that your family stays healthy for years to come.

    When a homeowner finds signs of mold in their home and an inspection shows mold in their crawl space, it makes sense to remove that mold.

    But how do you ensure that the mold does not return?

    You eliminate areas of moisture. The most certain way of eliminating moisture is by separating the crawl space from the earth and keeping out the weather…encapsulation. This will protect your crawl space and ultimately, protect your home.

    More benefits of encapsulating your crawl space.