Baby It's Cold Outside - Avoiding Freeze Damage - Part 2

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Like I said in Baby It's Cold Outside - Avoiding Freeze Damage - Part 1, unless you've been on an extended tropical vacation, you've experienced the cold temperatures across the nation.  You'll remember we talked about heat tape in that article.  Here are some additional tips to help keep you, and your house, warm and safe this winter.


  • Use heat strip tape on crucial pipes, wellheads, etc. to avoid freezing and loss of use.
  • Leave water trickling in faucets.
  • If you're going be gone for an extended period turn OFF the water supply coming into your house.  Depending on the temperatures, this could even mean while you're away at work 8-10 hours/day.  This way, if a pipe does freeze and break, the water will not continue to run and flood your home or basement.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air in which helps keep them from freezing.
  • Make sure warm air does not leak into your attic.  The attic should remain cold, just a few degrees above the outside air temperature.  Otherwise, you run the risk of "ice dams" forming which can create water back up under your shingles which can result in leaks.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean to avoid water backing up and freezing.
  • Remember personal safety and don't hire strangers who are going door-to-door and offering to do such things as clean your gutters, remove snow from your roof, etc.  
  • Have an emergency kit in the house in case the power goes out.  Items such as flashlights, extra batteries, non-perishable foods (don't forget the manual can opener) are just a few items to include.
  • Have an emergency kit in your car in case you get stranded.  Items such as blankets, bottled water, snacks, mittens, jumper cables, flares, kitty litter (or salt) and, of course, toilet paper (just in case) will come in handy.  In addition, keep the gas tank at least 1/2 full and cell phones charged.  
  • Have both smoke AND carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
  • Take caution when using fireplaces or wood stoves.  Keep firewood at a safe distance to avoid it getting too hot and actually catching fire.  Yes, this does happen!  
  • Keep an inspected, working fire extinguisher in your home.
  • Never use a gas stove (oven or burners) to heat your home.
  • Last, but not least, have a fire emergency plan and practice it seasonally, especially if you have young children.


While many of these items seem like common sense, we all know that common sense is not so common anymore.  Every day it seems we hear about house fires and the death and destruction they cause. Most of which could have been avoided following some of the steps above.


Be wise and stay safe - and WARM!


Bill and Cyndi


Baby It's Cold Outside - Avoiding Free Damage - Part 1

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Comments (5)

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm hoping the worst is behind us now !!! We have a April to Dec. Beach property that we Winterize !

Jan 22, 2018 04:41 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

These are all excellent tips for avoiding freeze damage.  Our temps have been mild thus far in Sacramento.  But, most years we get freeze.

Jan 22, 2018 04:50 AM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Great tips and advice. Thanks for sharing on here. The whether is starting to normalize here in central FL. 

Jan 22, 2018 04:58 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bill and Cyndi. Your tips here are terrific. I particularly like the one about not hiring strangers.

Jan 22, 2018 06:42 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Happy FridayBill & Cindy 

Jul 19, 2018 09:53 AM