Summer is now over, so temperatures are going to start dropping. Here are some pointers on how to keep your house safe from upcoming winter hazards.
R&R Properties of Eugene has been helping owners to manage their rental properties for many years and we have learned many helpful practices that have kept our homes well maintained and continuing to bring in top market rent prices. One of those is to do some Winter weatherization in advance to avoid any unnecessary and costly repairs, while keeping everything running smoothly during the months, we most need reliable heating and hot water.
COVER ALL FOUNDATION VENTS
These are the holes around the perimeter of the house. They should be blocked off to stop vermin and other creatures from getting under your house and doing damage to insulation, wiring, piping, etc. Snug-fitting screen works very well for this.
DISCONNECT ALL OUTSIDE HOSES, HOSE SPLINTERS, AND WATER FEATURES
All should be disconnected and drained before winter/freezing temperatures begin. This allows proper draining of the pipes and prevents freeze damage. It is also a good idea to purchase a cold weather faucet cover or wrap the faucet.
LOCATE YOUR WATER METER
It is a good idea to know the specific locations well in advance of severe weather. The water meter is generally in the front of your home close to the sidewalk or road. If you cannot locate it, contact your utility company. Flag meters during a snow period for easy location.
KEEP ALL WATER INSIDE THE BUILDING RUNNING
It is important to keep water moving in all of the water pipes to prevent freezing. It requires more than just a drop – keep the stream approximately the width of a pencil lead (both hot and cold water) from every faucet when outside temperatures are 25 degrees Fahrenheit and below.
LEAVE THE HEAT ON
Heat should be kept at a minimum of 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Open cupboard doors under sinks and leave them open as long as the temperature is below freezing. This allows some heat near the pipes. If you pipes do freeze, get heat on them to speed up the thawing process.