Kentucky Home Inspector on "Making your HOME ready for Winter!!"

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Home Inspector with B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)

Winter is coming.  Is your home ready to keep the heat in and the cold out?  Taking care of these issues can make your home more energy efficient.  Winterization saves YOU Money!

 

1.    Set the water heater temperature to no more than 120o.  (Temperatures above this level can cause severe burns.)

2.    Insulate the water heater and all water pipes in unheated areas.

3.    Installing a low flow shower head can save about 1½ gallons of hot water per minute of use.

4.    Insulate air ducts in crawl spaces, attics and unheated garages.

5.    Caulk around windows and doors; places where brick façade and siding meet; and all utility entrances (cable TV, plumbing, gas, telephone, etc).

6.    Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and insulate the faucet to prevent freezing of the water pipe. 

7.    Check and repair the glazing putty around window panes.  If you have single pane windows, install storm windows.

8.    Close the fireplace flue damper and the glass firebox doors when not in use.

9.    To avoid fire danger, make sure you have the chimney flue inspected and cleaned, each year, by a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (http://www.csia.org/)

10.  Clean out the clothes dryer vent flapper so that it will close.

11.  Check the sump pump and drain line for proper operation.

12.  Make sure your roof gutters and downspouts are clean and drain well away from the foundation.  Clogged gutters can result in ice dams forming on your roof and causing damage to your roof.

13.    Have your furnace servicing professional:

Check for Carbon Monoxide;
Make sure the burner flame is properly adjusted;
Clean out rust flakes in the heat exchanger;
Clean the blades on the blower fan;
Make sure the furnace and water heater flues are properly connected.

14.  Remember to change your Air Conditioning/Furnace filters every 30 to 45 days.

15.  Insulate floors over an unheated crawl space with at least 6" of insulation.  Un-insulated floors lose more heat than the ceiling. Insulation in Batt form (small short pieces) is easiest for the do-it-yourself person to install.

16.  Install gaskets behind outlet and switch covers on the outside walls.  Cost is minimal and installation requires only a screwdriver.

17.  Don't close attic, roof, and crawl space vents.  Moist winter air will condense, soak the insulation, and ruin the insulating effect.

18.  Consider installing a programmable thermostat that will adjust the temperature in your home automatically during periods when your home is not occupied or you are sleeping.

Keep the bucks in your pocket, winterize now.

 

Erby Crofutt, Central Kentucky Home Inspector (B4U Close Home Inspections & Radon Testing): Inspector in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

 

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Rainmaker
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Erby Crofutt
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Heather:

What is a "conventional" foundation.

I'm presuming that because you speak of vents, you mean a crawl space.

Here's some information on crawl space venting for you.

If you think closing off crawlspace vents is saving you money, you're all wet!

 

Nov 15, 2007 12:34 AM #4
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Dwayne West
Atlanta Real Estate - Canton, GA
Canton Georgia Real Estate
Good information, I think we all could learn something from this post.
Nov 15, 2007 12:37 AM #5
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Heather Wood - REALTOR® Midwest City, Oklahoma
Metro First Realty - Midwest City, OK

Erby,

Thanks for the link, It's great information. I'll go under & wrap the water pipes that are close to the vents, mold & wet wood seem to be the real concern.

Nov 15, 2007 01:17 AM #6
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Joseph Lang
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Erby, what's winter?  I'm here in sunny Southern California ;-)   Good tips.
Nov 15, 2007 03:51 AM #7
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Nick Attardi
H&H Electric Inc. - Sacramento, CA
Electrical Contractor in Sacramento
Great tips!...although I think in Northern CA today it was around 70 degrees...
Nov 15, 2007 12:51 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Did you ever just want to shoot those braggarts in California.

I sometimes do but then start feeling sorry for them with their own unannounced natural disasters.  Ya know, like earth quakes, forest fires, fruits & nuts, etc.

I can deal with a few inches of snow.  I know it'll be off the roads in a few hours and I can still play in it off road.

California has it's own problems called "Making your Home ready for Fall"

Item #1:  Remove any flammable object from your yard that are within 2,000 feet of your home.

Item #2:  Strap in and hang on for the next quake.

Ahh, where's the smilies???

Nov 15, 2007 01:41 PM #9
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
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Erby, you are just too funny! Now you are going to make all those folks out west mad. If you don't mind I'd like to use this post in my next newsletter. It will be good to prepare for winter. Am I going to have to go to Lowes to get those gaskets for my wall plates? It's always something! ERBY! 
Nov 15, 2007 02:53 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Erby Crofutt
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The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Lizette,

I'm not trying to make them mad, just attract them to the beautiful life here in Central Kentucky.  Just see all my blogs on life here, the bears, the lakes, the Festival of the Horse, the bull riding rodeo and soon the autumn leaves.

It must be working judging from all the inspections I'm doing for people who are moving here from California to (as they say it) get out of the rat race to a beautiful place!

You're more than welcome to use the info in your newsletter. 
(I find your newsletter interesting AND entertaining. Thanks for sharing it with me.)

The full article can be linked on my website at:

Kentucky Winter Home Preparation 

Others are available at: 

Kentucky Home Maintenance & Inspection Articles  

Feel free to use them as you can.

Stay away from Lowes.  Get better service and advice at

Ace Hardware 
670 University Shopping Ctr
Richmond, KY 40475
859.623.2380 

Go past the kids at the front counter and find that old fart sitting on the stool in the back.  He'll take you out in the store, show you exactly what you need, how to put it together, and he MEANS it when he says call me if you have any problem.

 

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Nov 15, 2007 10:49 PM #11
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OK...I'm heading over to ACE today. Looks like more work for me today! Thanks!
Nov 15, 2007 11:45 PM #12
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Joseph Lang
Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Erby, you get all that, and don't forget the price.  My area is $450,000 for an average home, if you want over 2,000 sq. ft. it's a lot higher...  but I love it. Where can you get the beach, mountains, deserts and city all within about 1-hour of each other?
Nov 16, 2007 06:01 AM #13
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Erby Crofutt
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The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Why Lizette, I'm always happy to send more work your way!

Joseph,  I spent four years at El Toro.  I'm well familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of the area.  But it seems to me, looking from a distance, that the disadvantages have grown significantly since I was there.

 

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Nov 16, 2007 07:29 AM #14
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Todd Hueffed
Champions Real Estate Services - Everett, WA

That would be a good blog to e mail to your clients......I recently rented out some of my home and they removed the water savers from there bathroom and a few other things and its amazing how much you save using fluorescent bulbs and water saver shower heads...

Todd Hueffed

www.ThatHomeZone.com in partnership with Keller Williams North Seattle

Nov 26, 2007 04:37 AM #15
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Erby Crofutt
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The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Thanks for stopping by Todd.  I appreciate it.

Yes, a newsletter to my clients was one of the uses I put my article too, along with other uses.

Feel free to link to it for your clients if you'd like. 

 

Nov 26, 2007 07:03 AM #16
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M A
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Erby - Great list.  I'm printing this one up and the family and I are going to go through it together, especially the electricity related ones.  We live in New England and have electric heat!  ACK!!!

(Thanks for commenting on my "Points are Soooo Confusing" post)

Dec 04, 2007 12:27 AM #17
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Erby Crofutt
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The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Martin:

I'm glad you find the information useful. 

Good luck on getting winterized and saving mpney.

Dec 04, 2007 08:55 PM #18
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Howdy Erby

A very fine written post with lots of very good information for helping folks.

Have a good one

Dale

Dec 05, 2007 09:31 AM #19
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Erby Crofutt
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The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

I'm glad you find it useful, Dale.

It appears that others have as well.

Dec 05, 2007 10:49 PM #20
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
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Erby- Here's another Californian :) :)  I was curious on your snow comment until I read this post...funny.  anyway, the advice you have given here is perfect. Can I use it too? :) We do get snow in my area every now and then, like most winters :)
Dec 10, 2007 04:39 PM #21
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Erby Crofutt
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The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

You're welcome to use it Kathy, for those few parts of your area where it might be necessary for a day or two.

I've been to your town many years ago.  With the pictues you're taking, you must live up on the mountain instead of down in town.

I preferred to spend most of my time up at Big Bear.  Loved getting out in the woods north of the lake.

Thanks for dropping by.

Dec 10, 2007 10:11 PM #22
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Kathy McGraw
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Erby- yes the pictures are from the Banning Bench...not really in the mountains......but higher than "town"....the foothills I'd say.....Big Bear is great.....and right now they are enjoying the snow too :) thanks for the permission too.....:)
Dec 11, 2007 10:48 AM #23
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