8 Steps to Protect Your Home from Cold Weather
It feels like we just recovered from one of the worst winters in years. But whether we like it or not, temperatures will start to fall. No need to wait until it’s blustery to start protecting your home from colder weather.
Did you know that pipes can freeze in as little as 24 hours even with the heat in the home being maintained? Freezing and bursting pipes can cause significant damage. Here are some useful tips to help you protect your home and property during colder weather:
- Keep your house heated to a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius. The temperature inside the walls where pipes are located can be substantially colder than the walls themselves. A temperature lower than 18 degrees will not keep the inside walls from freezing.
- Identify the location for the main water shutoff in your home and know how it works in case you have to use it.
- During extremely cold weather, consider opening hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving within the pipes may prevent freezing.
- Make sure all hoses are disconnected from outside spigots.
- If your pipes are frozen, don’t wait for them to burst. Take measures to safely thaw them immediately (such as wrapping pipes in towels soaked in boiling water, or using hot air from a hair dryer - while being careful to stay away from standing water to avoid the risk of shock), or call a plumber for assistance.
- If your pipes burst, first turn off the water at the main water connection and then mop up spills to prevent the water from doing more damage than it already has.
- If you are going to be away, drain the pipes by first shutting off the main water line and then drain all lines by opening the taps and closing them once the water runs out. Also flush toilets to remove water from tanks. If you have radiators, you may need a plumber to assist in draining the system.
- Be sure to have someone check on your home daily while you’re away to ensure heat is being maintained as well.
Take same time now to prepare your home for the inevitable wintry weather that can cause damage and costly repairs to your home.