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Get Your Bathroom Ready for Fall and Winter with These 5 Tips

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With winter just around the corner, you may already be thinking about the higher electric and gas bills that go along with keeping your house warm during this season. When you want to keep your utility usage to a minimum, you would do well to consider ways that you can make your home warmer without having to turn up the thermostat. One way that you can keep your house warm and save your energy bills involves winterizing different areas throughout your home. In fact, when it comes to getting your bathroom ready for colder weather, you can use these steps to winterize your bathroom.

Winterize Your Bathroom

Put in New Insulation

If it seems like the walls in your bathroom let in a lot of wind from the outdoors, you should pad them up by putting in new insulation. Insulating the walls around the window, under the sink, and around the bathtub can make the room warmer without you having to turn up the heat in your house. As you work on the bathroom walls, you also should remember to check the ceiling to make sure it is well insulated.

Wrap the Pipes

Even if freezing weather is weeks away, you should still wrap your pipes to ward off breaks and leaks when the colder weather finally arrives. Many people forget that their pipes are very vulnerable to freezing during the wintertime. When your pipes freeze, you have to turn up the heat in your home and often use a floor heater or blow dryer to thaw them. Rather than use more electricity for this purpose, you can get a head start on protecting your bathroom and your utility bills by insulating your pipes now.

Seal Your Bathroom Windows

Like your pipes, your bathroom windows should be winterized as well. You can use insulated tape to wrap around the inside perimeters of each window to keep drafts out of the bathroom. You can also make this fixture warmer by hanging insulated curtains or drapes.

Lay Rugs or Carpeting

This simple step can go a long way in making this room warmer without having to turn up the heat in the house. If you normally avoid using carpeting in your bathroom because of the risk of mold growth or moisture, you can lay down area rugs or runners instead of installing wall-to-wall carpeting. You should choose rugs that have rubber non-slip backing, however, to prevent falls.

Winterize Your Toilet

You may be unaware that you can winterize your toilet and prevent this fixture from freezing during cold weather. In fact winterizing the toilet is quite easy and does not take much time at all to complete. This process involves using plumber’s antifreeze, which you can buy at most home improvement or hardware stores.

Before you pour in the antifreeze, you should first empty the water out of the back tank. Once the water is drained, you can then pour in the antifreeze and then flush it into the bowl and drainage system. After you flush, you should then pour a half cup of plumber’s antifreeze into each sink, shower, and tub in your house. This step winterizes the entire drainage system in your bathroom.

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