Tips to Winterize Your Property

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Cold Weather can have a huge impact on businesses and homes that aren't prepared.  Heavy precipitation, freezing temperatures and damaging winds can all have a negative impact on your property.  To help avoid costly and time-consuming damages due to the weather, consider the following tips while winterizing your property this year.

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells.  This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. 
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home and business.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets.  Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drans completely and the inner valve is shut off.
Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

Great ideas! I remember doing all those things when I lived in the Pittsburgh, PA area. In Florida, it's not such a priority, but I did purchase two of those styrofoam bells that cover the outdoor faucets. The past two nights, I also had to cover all the plants on my porch and patios. Better to be safe than sorry!

Jan 04, 2010 12:25 AM
Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Folks with crawl spaces should consider an electric pipe warmer for the exposed incoming water pipes. A cheap prevention for frozen pipes.  Thanks for the up date.  It's 23 degrees here in NYC today.

Jan 04, 2010 12:26 AM
Crystal Bush
I Am Marketing - Atlanta, GA

I do so miss living up north!  You get used to warm weather so fast, but it's 23 degrees down here as well, but we'll not see snow all year.

Jan 04, 2010 01:44 AM