Your Winter Checklist
Brrrrr… freezing temperatures are starting to spread throughout parts of Southeast Nebraska. Preparing your home or business for winter doesn't have to be hard, a little maintenance now can prevent a big headache later. Learn how you can prepare today for the cold weather that will be here before you know it.
One of the most important things you need to do is prevent freezing pipes! Did you know a burst pipe due to freezing weather can cost you more than $5,000 in water damage? Don’t let a burst pipe soak your wallet, take the time now to prepare to prevent costly damage this winter.
- Insulate all accessible pipes using pipe insulation.
- Prior to the winter months, ensure that all cracks, holes, and other openings on the exterior walls are sealed tightly with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating the wall cavity.
- Disconnect all hoses from hose bibs and install insulating covers over the hose bibs.
- Keep all exterior entry, exit and garage doors to unheated spaces closed as much as possible during the winter months.
- If the temperature drops lower than usual and any pipes are located adjacent to exterior walls or within base cabinets or in closets, leave the cabinet/closet doors open or use a fan to increase warm air circulation around the pipes.
- When extreme cold weather is predicted, let all faucets drip to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet. The pressure buildup is the actual cause of bursting pipes.
- Be sure to drain your water supply system before leaving the home unoccupied.
Finish off the winter maintenance checklist by completing the following tasks:
- Clean gutters to allow water to drain freely.
- Seal windows with caulking or weather stripping.
- Insulate pipes in bathrooms and laundry rooms with exterior walls.
- Seal doors with weather stripping.
- Insulate pipes in cabinets on exterior walls.
- Add insulation in your attic.
- Cut back branches from hanging over roof and gutters.
- If you are leaving your home, do not turn the thermostat below 55 degrees???????.
Winter is coming whether we like it or not Southeast Nebraska! We might as well be prepared.