Frigid temps are right around the corner. Take care of last-minute outdoor projects that will make sure winter’s chill stays outside – where it belongs – before the temperatures plummet in December.
Did you know that a 1/8-inch gap under your front door can let as much cold air into your home as a 2-inch hole in the wall? Keep out the cold by making sure all exterior door are fitted with a wood or aluminum door threshold that butts up securely against the door bottom when it’s closed, and fill gaps around the door’s edges with Frost King’s easy-to install Poly Foam Weatherseal Tape. Start by making sure the door is free of dust or grease, then press the adhesive side of the tape firmly in place across the top of the door and down the sides. Then remove the backing paper … and get ready to show drafts the door.
If you haven’t already, disconnect and store garden hoses, and winterize outdoor faucets to prevent frozen pipes from bursting. If your outdoor spigots have an interior shut-off valve, close the valve then turn on the faucet to allow water to drain from the pipes. If you don’t have a separate shut-off valve, cover spigots with Frost King Faucet Protectors, which will insulate and protect outdoor faucets from freezing in cold, windy weather conditions. Plug up any holes around the faucets with natural fiber insulation to keep out the cold.
Get your roof and gutters ready to handle the snow and ice of winter. Keep water running away from your roof by clearing gutters of leaves and other debris, and consider installing gutter guards, like Frost King’s Vinyl Snap-in Gutter Screen, to avoid future clogs.
Keep ice dams from forming and blocking gutters by installing Frost King’s Electric Roof Cable Kit along the perimeter of the roof. These systems work by keeping melt water flowing through gutters and downspouts even when temperatures are below zero. Need help with installation? Check out this how-to video