Your Idaho Home Winterization Checklist
Even though it’s only August, Idaho winters sneak up fast! Whether you live in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Burley, Twin Falls or even Boise, winter conditions can get nasty! Before you know it, we’ll be experiencing winter in full swing. Now is a great time to start thinking about winterization. Here are some tips to get ready for the cold season so you don’t have to deal with frozen pipes, leaks, or water damage.
Clean the Gutters
After autumn, your rain gutters can be clogged with fallen leaves and dirt. Clean them out before winter comes so when it rains and snows, your gutters will be able to drain and prevent leaks. To clean them, prop up a sturdy ladder and clean them out by hand using a bucket and gloves. Then rinse them out with a hose to get rid of residual dirt.
Drain the Hose Pipes
This is a quick way to prevent your hose from bursting in freezing Idaho winters. Here’s how: Turn off the water supply to your house from inside your house. Then, turn on your hose outside to drain the excess water. That’s it! It’s also a good idea to wrap them up and store them in your garage. You shouldn’t be needing them at all this winter.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
Anywhere pipes are exposed to cold air, there is a potential to freeze. To make sure your precious pipes are well insulated, close crawl space vents and insulate the edges. Be very thorough in your examination in your entire house because even the tiniest of cracks can cause a nasty pipe burst.
Keep the Heat on
Even if you’re going on vacation and won’t be using the house for weeks, turning off the heat is a recipe for disaster. Instead, set the temperature to at least 65 degrees (higher if your area is extremely cold). Keeping the heat on is a simple way to prevent frozen pipes and water damage.
Open it Up
In extremely cold weather, open up kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote the circulation of warm air. This quick fix warms up the pipes to guarantee a leak-free winter.
Purchase Pipe Covers
Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes. Pipe sleeves, heat tape, heat cable, or similar materials are all great options. Spending money on these products could easily save you time and money in the future by not having to pay for water damage restoration. Even a thin layer of newspaper can provide some degree of protection to exposed pipes in areas where prolonged temperatures below freezing are rare.
Run the Water
If you are worried about a certain pipe, let water drip from the faucet. Running water through a pipe, even if it’s only a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing in cold weather. However if you find yourself resorting to this option often, it’s time to think about a more long-term solution.
Consider Pipe Relocation
If you are in the process of remodeling your home, consider moving exposed pipes to prevent water damage. Professionals can relocate your pipes during a renovation to save you time and money, and of course, water damage.
Check pipes, gutters, spigots, hoses, ducts, heating systems, crawl spaces, vents, faucets, handles, control panels–check it all! Simple self-inspections allow you to examine your pipes and ask a professional for help if you have questions.
Adequate maintenance and care is a critical step in avoiding property damage this winter due to frozen pipes. Sometimes the task of winterizing your Idaho home seems overwhelming. Don’t let it be that way! Tackle each task one at a time. But if you find yourself experiencing water damage caused by cold weather in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Burley, Boise, Blackfoot or any other surrounding area, On the Spot Cleaning & Restoration can help. We are available 24/7 to assist you in restoring your home to its August condition.
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