Now is the time to take thee steps needed to protect your DC home this winter.
A shocking amount of costly damage can result from failing to protect your home during winter months. Take these frigid weather precautions in Washington DC right now!
Top three steps to winterize your DC home:
1. HVAC CHECK
It is important to get a complete AC service in the fall since you will not be able to operate the AC system during cold winter and early spring months. A check of your heating system each fall will ensure a safe and effective heating system for your family in the winter and early spring.
- Have a certified pro perform a furnace inspection and duct cleaning before you switch the heat on for the season;
- Clean your wall, floor and ceiling vent covers to prevent dust and debris from traveling through your home;
- Keep 3 months’ supply of furnace filters and change them as instructed by the product manufacturer;
- Replace your old thermostat with an programmable model to save on energy costs. Choose a model that allows you to operate the system from your phone if you are away from home for extended periods of time;
- Bleed radiator valves.
Plumbing is extremely vulnerable to temperature and failures can cause extensive damage to your home. Make sure you're properly winterized!
- Seal exposed areas around interior and exterior pipes; Locate your main water shutoff value in case of emergency and leave a note on the refrigerator clearly stating its location;
- Drain all garden hoses and remove from exterior spigots. Shut off water to the spigots from the main shutoff and open all exterior valves to drain. Leave open until the 3rd consecutive week in spring with temperatures above 68 degrees;
- Insulate exposed plumbing pipes;
- Drain air conditioner pipes and turn off shut-off valve, seal areas around the unit if leaving installed. Seal faceplate for the season to prevent infiltration of air, insects and other pests;
- Always leave heat on in the winter, even if you’re away, to protect your plumbing. Keep at a minimum of 60 degrees.
Prevent leaks and roof failure during winter months when repairs and replacement are difficult or impossible. It's one of the most expensive components of your home.
- In early fall, inspect roof, gutters & downspouts for gaps, peeling, deterioration of rubber roofs, missing or loose shingles, flashing or tiles;
- Add additional insulation to your attic if needed, and be sure to apply it evenly;
- Clean gutters and flush downspouts with a strong stream of water;
- Install leaf guards to keep your gutters free of clogs;
- Install downspout extensions to direct water away from the home.
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