Winterize through the season’s final freeze

February 4, 2015


Many winterization jobs are simple enough to add into your scope without adding substantial time or cost to ongoing jobs, and a few simple upgrades to your toolbox can help you knock it out even more quickly and effectively.

  • Seal and protect surfaces: Prevent snow and ice from sticking to driveways and decks by applying sealants like Rain Guard Winterizer to surfaces. Rain Guard Winterizer makes your job easier next year, as it prevents wood from cracking caused by continuous freeze/thaw cycles and is formulated with a unique technology that prevents moisture from penetrating surfaces after application.
  • Weather proof: Hidden gaps and cracks in and around a home’s windows and doors can potentially create as much airflow as an open window and can cause heating and cooling systems to work harder. Sealing and insulating a home's shell is often the most cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency. Look for caulks that improve energy efficiency, such as DAPtex Plus Multi-Purpose Foam Sealant, a product that is formulated with an innovative foam technology that provides water resistance, is paintable with latex paints and will not over-expand like other foam sealants.
  • Protect pipes: To prevent pipes from bursting in the cold weather, insulate pipes before temperatures drop with foam wrap or heated cables that reduce unwanted heat loss. These are affordable enough to have on hand for a real-time way to add value for your customers while you’re on the jobsite. Additionally, Frost King Water Pipe Heat Cables effectively keep pipes from freezing with a built-in thermostat. This is a great way to prevent freezes, but these cables can also help thaw already frozen pipes late in the game.
  • Quick and easy pipe repair: Busted pipes not only create headaches for your customer but can be quite difficult and time consuming for you to repair. Luckily Shark Bite has push-to-connect pipe fittings, which really cut down on time spent getting broken pipes back into working order. And of course, clean-up is an inevitable part of every job. Especially when working with busted pipes, have a Ridgid Professional Wet / Dry Vacuum nearby to keep you and your workspace clean and dry.
  • Expect the unexpected: Sometimes late-season winter weather is as severe as it is unpredictable. You may be called to help with all kinds of different jobs – many of which might require heavy or specialized equipment. Rather than spend thousands on equipment you may or may not need, have the Tool Rental department at your local The Home Depot on speed dial. Acting quickly when the time comes will give you a significant advantage over your competitors.

For more information on popular winterization projects, visit Built from Scratch – The Home Depot’s online newsroom.


Vice President

J.T. Rieves, Vice President, Pro Business, has been with The Home Depot for 26 years. During that time he’s held many positions including hourly associate, store manager, district manager, regional vice president, and two rotations in the corporate office. Rieves has spent time working in hardware and store operations. He is currently in his fourth year as Vice President, Pro Business.