Bitter Cold, How to Protect Your Property

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Bitter Cold, How to Protect Your Property

Bitter coldThe bitter cold has set in across the United States and many areas will see temperatures and wind chill below zero. To protect your property additional steps may be necessary to safeguard your plumbing pipes and systems to assure you will not have damage to your property.

Vacant Homes 

Have you had your home winterized and pipes drained? If not make sure you have sufficient heat on to keep pipes well above freezing. Special areas you should check are pipes in unheated areas like garages or basements, around water softening systems and water heaters. Toilets can freeze and so can drain lines and with faucets left dripping this can cause flooding and severe damage to the home. These pipes are prime targets for freezing especially if they are on an outside wall and there is extreme wind. Adding a space heater in these areas can prevent frozen pipe damage. Even if you have heat on in the home, pilot lights and heating systems have been known to fail so check and double check your home during these hazardous times.

Occupied Homes

Keep your heat on and do not shut off heat to rooms to your home. This is not the time to be frugal. Opening cabinets doors under sinks will allow heat to get to the plumbing pipes. Water heaters should be insulated and keeping a slow stream of water flowing from faucets will help keep pipes open and from freezing. Use your fireplace to supplement your heating source. If running a generator do not put it in the house because of carbon monoxide dangers and poisoning. Be sure to check those forgotten areas like garages and basements that have plumbing pipes and add an additional heat source. Do not place heaters too close to any surface that is combustible.

Additional Precautions

Bring pets inside. They are likely not to survive the below freezing and extremely cold temperatures. Their water and food source will also freeze.

Check on the elderly and shut-ins. They tend to conserve energy because of the extra expense of heating and can freeze to death in their homes. Take them a hot meal and offer to help pay their heating bill.

When going outside, layer your clothing and protect body parts. Cold, damp clothing can allow for frostbite to set in and damage tissue. It can happen in the matter of a few minutes.

Check to make sure walkways and outside steps are free of ice and safe for walking.

Keep your gutters clean so when snow and ice melt it will be carried away from the home's exterior components.

Bitter Cold, How to Protect Your Property

This information is courtesy of Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent Debbie Reynolds. When you are ready to sell or buy a home in Clarksville, contact me.



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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie it is out right freezing here in CT, and these are great tips for the kind of weather we are having right now.

Jan 07, 2015 10:02 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Stay warm George. It should be warmer by the weekend, hopefully.

Jan 07, 2015 10:28 AM #11
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

Yes, let's not forget and leave our pets outside.  They need us during these extremely cold nights. 

Jan 07, 2015 11:15 AM #12
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

As the cold weather sets in, people would be wise to follow these easy to do tips. I really hope people do use common and not only protect their homes, but their pets as well. 

Jan 07, 2015 11:23 AM #13
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

As a matter of fact, our dog Wolfie got disoriented outside in the cold and couldn't find his door to come in and started screaming.  Larry was right there to get him in fast.

Jan 07, 2015 11:24 AM #14
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

It is bitter cold here tonight, between the temps and the wind.  This is an excellent list of essential tips!

Jan 07, 2015 11:35 AM #15
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Debbie this is so important. These single digit temps can be hazardous to your home if not dealt with. Great tips and reminders for home owners.

Jan 07, 2015 11:44 AM #16
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Debbie - I hate freezing faucets.  I had shut off valves installed in my basement for all outside faucets.

Jan 07, 2015 12:02 PM #17
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good evening Debbie, it's never fun to find out what freezing temps can do to homes. Perfect timing!

Jan 07, 2015 12:43 PM #18
RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman
RVA HomePRO Realtor with Keller Williams serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia - Glen Allen, VA
Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate

It's important to think about things like this especially when a home is vacant. I negelected to remind a seller - but they called me to say they had turned on the heat at their vacant home. I'll have to do better.

Jan 07, 2015 01:43 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


There are a lot of people across the country who are going to need to heed this advice. Amazing temperatures and wind chills! Stay warm!!


Jan 07, 2015 02:30 PM #20
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. It is zero this morning and with the wind chill, don't want to know. You shared great advice in your post, that we should all pay attention to, especially in the colder weather states.

Jan 07, 2015 05:47 PM #21
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Great advice, Debbie.  Important to protect your home when it gets this cold around the country.

Jan 07, 2015 07:50 PM #22
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is a timely post . I hope consumers will read this post.

Jan 07, 2015 08:44 PM #23
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Yes I haven't seen it this cold in a couple of years. We are at 3 degrees this more but at least the wind has died down.

Jan 07, 2015 09:27 PM #24
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Debbie Reynolds I love the idea of paying someone less fortunates heating bill!  It actually makes and difference and you know that it did;)

Jan 08, 2015 12:10 AM #25
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Debbie ... another wonderful post about extreme cold temperatures. This one on owners properties and your other one on protecting children 

Jan 08, 2015 11:36 AM #26
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

One does not deserve to have a pet if they will be left outside where they can die due to the cold weather. Thank you for the reminders!

Jan 08, 2015 09:15 PM #27
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I too think you need to be responsible for your pets. I can't imagine putting them outside to stay during weather like this. Older people tend to be so frugal to the point of harming themselves.

Jan 08, 2015 11:05 PM #28
Connor Dowd
Middletown, RI
2013 Newport Realtor of the Year

I always call my sellers of vacant homes to remind them to check on the pipes/water and to turn the heat up.  A friendly reminder phone call can save them the hassel of a disaster! 

Jan 13, 2015 12:00 AM #29
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