During winter, the temperature is extremely low that it can cause damage to some parts of your property. Whether or not your property is vacant, you need to make sure it can survive throughout winter.
Adjusting your property to every seasonal change is important to avoid unnecessary damage and expensive expense.
Protecting your investment is what you need to do as the owner so that the value of it won’t get lower. Of course, winter is not the only factor that can damage your property.
The location can also influence the level of risk of bursting pipes, etc.
Preventing your property from damage caused by winter
Protecting your investing from harsh winter should be done to both interior and exterior.
In fact, you need to go in details. Little mishaps may cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. By knowing how to protect your property properly, your property will survive during winter.
To help your plan goes smoothly, you need to make a checklist of what to do.
Thus, you won’t miss anything. Here are how you can protect your property from harsh weather during winter:
- It is recommended to shut off main water valve of your property, along with its water heater and pump. It is to prevent new supplies of water from coming in.
- You also need to open up all drain valves and taps. It is to flush out your water system. You should leave them open until the next season comes.
- Open drain valve and empty your hot water tank. You need to be careful doing this process because you need to deal with still hot water.
- Once the water drained out of your property’s plumbing both interior and exterior, you can blow out any excess water using air compressor.
- Your pipes are more vulnerable during winter so you need to prevent them from freezing. Make sure to find any crack thoroughly and seal it immediately with foam or caulking. Thus, cold air won’t be able to enter and cause your pipes to freeze.
- You also need to cover exposed pipes as well as hose bibs using insulation sleeves to protect them thoroughly.
- Next, make sure to open all interior faucets both hot and cold water. It includes shower, tub, sink.
- Your toilet is also needed to be flushed out to remove as much water as possible. Use rags to soak in any excess water if necessary.
- Any of your appliances using water need to be drained. It includes laundry washer, dishwasher, water filter, and refrigerator.
- Once all drained, you can start applying antifreeze. Make sure to pour the antifreeze slowly so the existing water can be pushed into drain pipes altogether. Finish applying antifreeze, flush down the tank to remove any remaining water.
- You can also prevent your pipes from freezing due to extreme temperature during winter using additional heat source. If you find any vent that leads outside, make sure to cover them properly with cardboard or wood.