Even though we might have one last stretch of 70 degree temps ahead, don’t be fooled. Winter is quickly approaching, and Cleveland residents better get ready. Given that last winter was so mild, we expect this one to be bad – or good if you’re a fan of snowy weather!
Remember that plumbing is particularly susceptible to freezing in cold weather so now is the time to prepare your home. If you have a summer home, you’ll need to take extra steps to ensure that it’s protected from the freezing temperatures. Here are some basic steps you should take to protect your home. If you don’t feel comfortable doing these yourself, give us a call:
- Exterior faucets should have their water supply shut-off. Once the water supply is turned-off, don’t forget to drain any remaining water from the pipes by turning on the faucet. Some homeowners also utilize an insulated cover for added protection.
- Drain hoses and sprinkler systems so you don’t have to replace them when spring rolls around. Ideally, you should store garden hoses in a shed or garage. To eliminate excess water in your sprinkler system, blow compressed air through the system to avoid splitting or bursting.
- Insulate exposed pipes that might be located in un-insulated areas such as crawls paces or attics. Be sure to wrap them with electrical heating tape and protect them further with foam insulation. If you are unsure how to approach this project, give us call.
- Protecting seasonal homes requires a little more effort. You should always have the water supply shut off and the pipes drained by a professional. Plumbing leaks can occur while you’re away, and the damage can be devastating. Protect your property and your belongings before damage occurs.
These are simple home winterization precautions that can save you thousands of dollars. Remember, if you’re not comfortable doing these yourself, give us a call at 440-499-4204.