If you’re relatively new to the whole home ownership thing, here’s a friendly reminder that certain steps are required to get your home ready for winter. None of it takes very much time or effort, but even if you don’t have the time, you’ll do well to hire someone to help you out. Otherwise, you could have a hefty repair bill or two on your hands, and frankly, we’d like to help you prevent that.
Here’s what’s involved:
Clean out your gutters and downspouts
Poor attic insulation causes snow to melt on the roof, and clogged gutters cause the water to overflow. Then, when water freezes, it expands and can tear apart your eaves, roof, and take sections of gutters right off the house.
Disconnect garden hoses
Unhook your hoses then drain and store them in an above-freezing location like your garage. At the same time, shut off the water valves to your outdoor hose bibbs to prevent freezing and cracking.
Insulate open, unheated spaces and the water pipes inside them
By insulating open spaces – such as in a crawl space or your garage – you can reduce drafts. That helps save lower your heating bills and reduces the risk of freezing pipes. For even greater protection, insulate the pipes inside those open spaces.
Inspect your water heater and have it serviced
The last thing you want is to run out of hot water in the winter, which only increases the likelihood of pipes freezing and bursting. So check for signs of water leaks around the base of your storage tank or in the pan. Also, have your tank flushed to clear it of sediment to improve your system’s efficiency.
Check for hidden water leaks
Any water leak should be repaired as quickly as possible. But some are more difficult to locate than others. So start by pulling your refrigerator away from the wall once a month. If you see any water on the floor, something’s leaking, and water could be seeping into your floorboards. Also check inside your attic, under your cabinets, and look for water stains and black mold.
Today, we invite you to contact CT Mechanical Solutions for our water heater performance and safety inspection or for help in making your house ready for the cold winter chill. After all, prevention is the best repair move of all.