What exactly is winterizing? Winterizing consists of a few, simple tasks to prepare your home for colder weather, protecting it from harm due to harsh weather and protecting your wallet from thinning.
Below are a few simple preventative action steps to take this winter:
- Trickle your faucets. Keeping even just a slight flow through your exposed pipes will help to prevent freezing.
•55° is the magic number. If you are leaving town or have vacant space, your thermostat should be set no lower than 55°.
- Consider wrapping your pipes. Pipes in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets are prone for freezing. Especially if along an outside wall. Wrapping them can help keep the pipes warm.
- Leave the cabinet doors open. Leaving cabinet doors open will allow warm air to circulate around your pipes.
•Warm up the garage. A legion of supply lines can often be found in a garage. Make sure your garage doors stay closed and put to use any heating elements you have at your disposal.
• Insulation is your friend. Make it plentiful in your attic, basement and crawl spaces where you have exposed pipes. Not only will this save you energy, but it will save you money!
- Keep your curtains open during the day. Especially if you face the sun, take advantage of the sunshine.
Say it’s too late; you’re home from vacation and found your living room is an ice skating rink. While your kids are now reenacting scenes from the movie Frozen, here are some tips on defrosting the situation:
- If it’s as bad as described above, call an Emergency Restoration Company likeServpro.
• Warm it up! Apply heat to the frozen area via a portable heater or hair dryer until some flow is restored. Keep your faucets open while heating the frozen area.
• If a pipe has cracked or burst,call a licensed plumber.
If you want to avoid the hassle and worry of frozen pipes, be sure you have a property manager that takes preventative action. We hope you stay warm and dry this winter![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]