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Winterize Your Home To Prevent Costly Damages

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The extreme cold weather and freezing temperatures of winter can lead to major home and property damage, like shingles on roofs being blown off or worse yet, pipes that burst from being frozen. Frozen pipe damage can lead to repairs that could cost you somewhere in the range of $5,000-$70,000! You can help prevent this kind of damage by ‘winterizing’ your home. If you travel a lot during the winter, are planning a long vacation, migrate to warmer climates for the winter season or have a summer holiday home that’s unoccupied during colder weather, be smart and use our Winterizing Checklist to help prevent any costly repairs and home damage from winter weather.

Winterizing Checklist


Adjust your thermostat

  • Set your thermostat at the lowest temperature that will prevent pipes or anything else from freezing (at least 50 to 55 degrees).

Shut off your home’s water supply at the main valve

  • This eliminates unwanted pressurized water from entering your home.
  • Not sure how to do this? Or where the shut off valve is? It’s always best to call a professional plumber to help.

Open all faucets to let water drain from pipes after shutting off the main

  • Do this only after shutting off the main! It’s best to call a professional plumber to open inside and outside faucets after shutting down the main water supply to let them drain.
  • Your water main delivers pressurized water to your home but any remaining water in pipes could freeze in very cold conditions

Drain the water heater and all interior pipes

  • Be smart and contact a plumber to do this for you if you are unsure, to prevent any accidental flooding.
  • Hook up a hose from your water heater to a basement sink (if you have one) to drain the 30 to 60 gallons a typical home water heater holds.
  • Sediment and particles that have collected in the heater, that inhibit efficiency, will also be washed away

Install a water flow sensor and low temperature sensor on your main water supply pipe

  • Linking these sensors to a 24/7 monitored alarm system or your smartphone will alert you about problems while you’re away.
  • If you have a home security system, ask your provider to install these sensors for you.
  • It’s likely that you can download a smartphone app for sensor notifications once installed.
  • Need help installing sensors? It’s best to call your plumber.

Blow air through your pipes to rid your plumbing of any remaining water

  • Call your plumber to have them use an air compressor to do this for you, to better ensure that your pipes will not freeze.

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Clean all gutters to help water drain and flow through them

  • Remove all leaves and other debris, this helps prevent interior leaks and most ice dams. Shut down natural gas or propane lines
  • NEVER attempt to work with your propane or natural gas line without calling your propane or natural gas provider. Doing this will prevent any gas from entering your home while it’s vacant and reduces or eliminates the risk of accidental release, which could cause a fire or dangerous ignition. Secure all yard and porch items
  • Remove porch or yard furniture, clean up your yard and secure all items that could be dislodged or have the potential to become missiles in severe wind conditions.

Tell your neighbors that you will be away

  • Have them monitor your home and inform you of unusual activity or damage.
  • Always give them your winter contact information.

Unplug all electronic devices and appliances

  • Always unplug power strips to protect your electronics from power surges, as they use some electricity even when switched “off” to prevent the potential of any rogue sparks from overheating wires, reducing fire risk.
  • It will help reduce electric bills while the home is vacant

You can rely on us for any help with winterizing your home.
When it comes to winterizing your home, the Region Energy team of professionals are here to help with everything you need to provide total peace of mind all winter long. Give us a call today!

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