Brrr...Weatherproof your home for winter

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the last week, mother nature has been kind enough to bring double digit temperatures to Western Wisconsin. But before you know it another cold snap will be back. WEAU’s Courtney Everett was live to share what homeowners need to know during winter to keep their living spaces warm and safe. Experts with The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association joined the show to share advice in helpful home tips.

Andrew Evanoff with Hurlburt Heating & Plumbing discussed how to prevent your pipes from freezing. Its important to note that water expands as it freezes. This then puts pressure on pipes causing them to burst. Here are some points to know.

-Disconnect outdoor hoses from hose bibs during winter
-Shut off the water lines to outdoor faucets
-Leave a trickle in faucet when temperatures are extreme
-Insulate around pipes in basement or wrapping them in heat tape
-Shut your water main off or turning off well breaker when traveling
-Wifi leak detectors that can save you from freezing house or water damage when away from your home.

Warren Mahnke of the Chippewa Valley Insulation has received several calls dealing with improper insulation this season. Here are some insulation types to know.

The addition of spray foam on exterior walls provides a vapor barrier. Spray foam can be applied with or without traditional cellulose or fiberglass insulation.

Crawl Spaces
Stop cold feet and feel how good insulated crawl spaces make your home.

Box Sills
Exposed to the outside, sealing this space is crucial to preventing air leaks.

Duct Work
Spray foam seals ducts, improving air flow to your living spaces.

Dense pack wall
Fiberglass installed behind a netting called BIB fabric provides superior insulating properties in exterior walls.

Fiberglass loose-fill insulation is non-combustible, non-corrosive, moisture-resistant and made from at least 50% recycled content.

Traditional batts installed in interior walls and ceilings have sound proofing properties. Installation also available on exterior walls.

Cellulose provides a tighter building envelope with superior performance in the reduction of air, vapor and temperature transmission.

If you’ve wondered why condensation builds up in windows, Jeorge Goebel with Window World of Eau Claire shared the facts. He explained that with the colder air outside and warm air from your home, humidity can build up in the windows. He recommends using caulk to try to keep warm air from leaking. Here are other points he talked about.

-Energy efficient glass vs old windows
-Old house - single pane & storm windows
-Air exchange - proper ventilation in kitchen & bathrooms, smart switches

Jeorge recommends keeping curtains drawn to allow the moisture to dry during the day, which also allows for more airflow in your home. He adds that homeowners can also wipe away the condensation as well.

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