Ask The Experts: What Things Should I Do To Prepare My Northern Indiana Home For The Winter?
Winter weather brings icy winds and dipping temperatures which can do a lot of damage to your home by freezing pipes and leaving you without flowing water.
Before Freezing Weather:
- Disconnect and drain hoses from outside faucets. If your home has a separate shut-off valve for outside faucets, then use it to shut the water off to your outside faucets. Then go outside and turn on the faucets to drain water from the line. If your home does not have a separate shut-off valve for outside faucets, then wrap each outside faucets with insulation or newspaper.
-Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas such as the garage, crawl space, or/and attic. Check with your local home improvement store for which materials to use to insulate your pipes.
-Turn off and drain irrigation systems and backflow devices. Wrap backflow devices with insulating material.
-Cover foundation vents with foam blocks, thickly folded newspaper, or cardboard.
-Show household members how to turn off the water to the house in case of emergencies. The main shut-off valve is often located near the water heater or washing machine. If a pipe bursts anywhere in the house - kitchen, bath, basement, or crawl space - this valve turns it off.
So get a jump on the winter weather! It will be here before you know it. If disaster does strike, give us a call and let us make it "Like it never even happened."