As the temperatures quickly begin to drop, your investment property needs to be prepared to weather the freezing temperatures. Without a consistent presence in the home, pipes tend to freeze, gutters can get clogged, tree branches can break, etc. Winter temperatures can cause costly damage that will set back your budget. Follow our guide below for steps you can take to keep your investment from freezing over!
1. COVER SPIGOTS
When the winter freeze sets in, covering your spigots will prevent them from freezing. If the spigot freezes, it can damage the spigot, or lead to a burst pipe. Covering the spigot insulates the pipe from the freezing air and keeps the water in the pipe from freezing, where it can expand and burst the pipe.
2. SHUT OFF WATER SUPPLY TO OUTDOOR SPIGOTS
In addition to insulating your spigots, turning off the water supply to your outside faucets and hoses is one of the best ways to keep your pipes from bursting. Eliminating the water flow and any potential for water to freeze and expand will keep your pipes in tact and save you money!
3. KEEP GUTTERS CLEAN
Having clean and clear gutters is important during all seasons, but especially during the cold, rainy, and freezing winter. Gutters are meant to catch rainfall and direct water away from your siding and foundation. As temperatures drop we hit freezing, clogged gutters can result in ice formations in the gutter and the roof. This can be damaging to your roof and cause leaks, another budget blowing item that can set back your investment project.
3. CLEAN DEBRIS FROM THE ROOF
Keeping your roof clean will help keep your gutters clean, and prevent long-term water damage. Be sure to trim branches hanging over your roof to keep the roof free from falling debris.
4. SET HEAT IN THE HOME TO 65-67 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT
Heating a home that is the middle of construction might sound strange, but it’s another way to make sure that you save money by keeping your indoor pipes from freezing. As the temperatures drop, kitchen and bathrooms may not be insulated properly from the cold. Keeping the house at a comfortable temperature will prevent burst indoor pipes and major plumbing issues.
5. DISCONNECT PROPANE TANKS
If you are not using the propane tanks at your property, it is best to disconnect them from your house. This prevents any leaks and keeps your home safe from dangerous gas leaks.
6. CLEAN THE LINT FROM DRYER VENT
As you begin pumping more heat into the house, it’s important to keep your outside dryer vent clear from lint to ensure that the outside flap closes completely.
If you have any additional questions regarding winterizing your home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your listing broker. Our brokers can assist you with any additional tips or inquires about your investment.