The winter can be tough on your home. Although this winter has been pretty warm so far, now is the perfect time to make sure your home is well-protected against the freezing cold. We have compiled a short list of tips to winterize your home and potentially to save you money from a burst pipe.
Around the House
- Have your furnaces and chimney serviced. Your chimney should be checked before use.
- Now is also a great time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Ensure your windows are well sealed. Here’s how to fix a drafty window.
- Clean your gutters.
Prevent freezing pipes with a few of these tips.
- Insulate your pipes with insulation sleeves/slip-on pipe foam, and wrapping.
- Ensure all visible exterior cracks are sealed.
- Keep a faucet dripping.
- Insulate any crawl spaces or attics.
Are you a snowbird?
If you are going south for the winter you will need to winterize your plumbing to protect against leaks and bursts. Read the below tips from: How to Winterize Your Plumbing Pipes to Prevent Damage.
- Shut off the main water valve, then the water pump and water heater.
- Open drain valves and taps and keep them open throughout winter.
- Blow and excess water from the pipes.
- Open your hot water tank’s drain valve until it’s empty.
Drain all water in the holding tank and add antifreeze to the jet pump case.
- Flush the toilets to remove water from the tanks and bowls. Add antifreeze to any toilets that still have some water.
- Do any of your sinks or tubs have drain traps? Add antifreeze to the ones that do.
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