5 Home Winterization Tips
With colder weather on the way, keeping your Whitehall home comfortable while saving money should be a top priority. Winter months can present challenges to a home that warmer weather doesn’t, especially when it comes to your plumbing needs.
There are several ways you can prepare your home for the winter months. The following are 5 home winterization tips.
Complete the Necessary Tune-ups
The first thing you’ll need to do is get your water heater tuned up. You’ll likely be using more hot water for baths and showers and it’s important that the water heater is in top condition before the colder months set in.
The second step is getting your furnace serviced. It’s important to have a professional check for any repairs that may be needed and to make sure you have clean filters.
Prepare the Outside of Your Home
The third step in preparing your Whitehall home for winter includes taking care of outside hoses. Water still left in a hose can freeze and then damage the structure of the hose.
Hoses should be drained completely before they are stored for the winter. Also, make sure to turn off the sprinkler system at the primary shut off.
The fourth thing that needs to be done is to make sure all exterior hoses and faucets are protected. An outdoor water faucet can easily freeze and cause cracks and breaks in the pipe that feeds into it.
Again, make sure the main water to the faucet is turned off and that the faucet is completely drained. It’s then recommended to have an insulated cover put over the hose bib.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Finally, make sure all exposed pipes, even if indoors, are properly insulated. There are certain rooms in a house where pipes are often exposed and the rooms tend to be a bit cooler than other areas of the house.
Laundry rooms and garages often have exposed pipes that are susceptible to getting cold. Make sure these pipes are insulated and the rooms are kept as warm as possible during the winter months.
If you’re ever in doubt if pipes are safe and insulated correctly, make sure to call in a plumbing professional for assistance. It’s better to take precautions than to have a pipe burst during cold weather.
Winter is almost upon us in the Whitehall, PA area. To get the best advice on winterizing your home, call Schuler Service at (610) 991-7098 today!