Winter is knocking on the door of Timnath homeowners once again – are you prepared to prevent costly damage to your pipes and other parts of your home? While properly insulating your home with weatherstripping and caulking can go a long way in keeping the cold out and the heat in, there’s more you can do for your family’s comfort, not to mention safeguarding your property.
Don’t get caught by rapidly fluctuating temperatures and snowstorms. Here’s what you can do to ensure a better, safer winter.
#1: Check Your Pipes to Prevent Them from Cracking or Bursting
Water expands when it freezes, so your pipes are bound to crack or burst if there’s frozen water in them. Make sure to:
- Get your sprinklers blown out earlier in the fall (or get them blown out ASAP before a cold-weather system arrives).
- Disconnect and drain water from any outdoor faucets and garden hoses.
- Cover your outdoor faucets with a thick foam insulator.
- Insulate and protect any pipes that run through unheated or uninsulated parts of your home like the garage, attic, or basement.
Emergency pro-tip: make sure you know where your home’s water shutoff valve is. Typically, this is in the basement or lodged into the ground of your front yard. If your pipes do freeze, you’ll want to turn off the water quickly, so locating this early is key.
#2: Let the Water Slowly Drip from Your Faucets During Extremely Cold Weather
No one enjoys dealing with sub-zero or even negative temperatures, and that includes the water inside of your home’s pipes and faucets. To prevent ice build-up and subsequent cracking or bursting, maintain a slow water drip.
#3: Make Sure That Warm Air Freely Circulates Throughout Your Home
There’s no point in running the thermostat if the warm air can’t travel throughout your home. Make it a point to:
- Keep your cabinet doors open so that warm air can reach pipes underneath your sinks.
- Double-check that your floor and/or ceiling vents are open. You can also close vents for areas of your home that aren’t used often, prompting more warm air to flow to the desired areas.
- Check your fireplace, hearth or chimney to block cold air from coming in.
#4: Clean and Properly Store Your Lawn Equipment
Obviously, you won’t need to access any lawn care equipment you own until everything thaws out in mid-Spring. Use the off season to thoroughly clean and stow away any landscaping or lawn care equipment you own.
When it’s time to use it again, you’ll know a) exactly where these tools are and b) that they’re in good shape and ready to be used immediately.
#5: If You’re Traveling, Don’t Set Your Thermostat Below 55-60 Degrees
Going south to someplace warmer can certainly be pleasant during winter’s bitter chill, but that’s not going to change what the weather is like in Timnath. To prevent your pipes from freezing, cracking and bursting, make sure to set your home’s thermostat no lower than 55 degrees. While 60-65 degrees is optimal, it can be costly and waste energy, especially if you’re not at home.
Reach Out for More Cold Weather Tips
Remember, if you’re new to Timnath, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask fellow neighbors or friendly town representatives about what they’re doing for cold weather preparation. A comfortable, bearable winter season is one where you’re prepared!