Winterizing Your Home - October 28th 2015
Winter is approaching; here are some tips to winterize your home before the cold sets in.
- Shut off any outdoor faucets. Drain them by closing the inside valve and opening the outside faucet.
- Add toilet antifreeze (from you local plumbing supply store) to toilet traps to prevent freezing in cottages and vacation homes.
- If you leave your home due to a weather emergency, or go on vacation for more than one week, shut off the water supply to keep pipes from bursting.
- While not using your winter home leave the thermostat at about 7 degrees Celsius to keep pipes from freezing.
- Check toilets and faucets for leaks, and repair or replace to conserve water, reduce your bill, and prevent the likelihood of more serious plumbing problems.
- Drain any sludge from the bottom of your water heater.
- Save your water heater, professionally checked if it is more than five years old, and make sure it is insulated to increase efficiency.
- Cover all hot water pipes with insulation to reduce heat loss.
- Check all hot water radiators by vacuuming and removing any foreign objects.
- Have forced air ducts professionally cleaned to provide more efficient, healthier heating.
- Keep all flammable materials away from the furnace, boiler or steam heater.
- Seal up openings and gaps around areas such as window air conditioners. Cover all ground level central air conditioning units.
- Warm up your vehicle in the driveway, not in the garage, where poisonous carbon monoxide gas can leak into your home.
- In case of a power failure, do not use portable barbecues as a temporary source of heat.
- If you own a hydronic (hot water) heating system, an annual service check should be performed according to the manufacturer's instruction manual, or by a mechanical Contractor.