Watch out for a COLD SNAP!
Updated: Nov 9, 2021
Winterization – things to do before it gets cold and the damage is done!
Winter can be a tough season on your home or business. Some preparation can make your season warmer and without the frozen pipes, ice dams and system damage.
Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Winter is heating season and any fuel fired appliances are carbon monoxide generator. Take a moment to check your smoke alarms and your escape plan. Do you have a meeting place selected?
Obtain your winter snow removal supplies such as ice melt before the first snow. Given the supply chain issues this year do not get caught waiting and needing supplies. Verify snow removal agreements are up to date and risk transfer is in place.
Leaves should be removed from gutters and downspouts cleaned and water directed away from your foundation. Clogged gutters can cause an ice dam that will cause roof and interior damage
Drain outside faucets and disconnect hoses. A freeze may cause the water trapped at the hose connection to damage the faucet. If the faucet is not frost proof, turn off the water and drain the faucet line.
Service your heating system now before it must perform at peak load. Check and replace filters in your furnace. Many service companies have warranties that last the season if you have a service and inspection.
Now is the time to insulate any vulnerable water lines in crawl spaces or along exterior walls. Insulation will save you energy costs as well as reducing the freeze potential. Leaving a faucet drip when a freeze is expected can prevent pipe failure.
Assess the condition of weather-stripping on doors and windows. While the weather is till nice, make repairs and replacements.
Prepare your outdoor systems such as irrigation, pool, or spa systems for winter. Drain and winterize these systems to prevent system damage.
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