These steps should be taken before cold seasons to prevent water damage and frozen pipes.
To prevent water damage and frozen pipes during cold seasons:
- Prepare your outdoor faucets – remove and drain water hoses and store them indoors.
- Shut off the external water supply, and open the outdoor faucets to allow residual water to drain.
- Insulate outdoor faucets with foam faucet covers.
- Insulate pipes to prevent freezing, especially in unheated areas of your home.
- Maintain a temperature inside of at least 65⁰F (18.3⁰C).
- Test your heating system so you know it will work properly through the winter.
- Hire an HVAC technician to check your furnace’s efficiency.
- Close vents in your home that may have been opened for warm weather.
- Furnaces, boilers, and chimneys should be serviced and cleaned if it has been more than 12 months since the last service.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – residential fires are more common in winter and carbon monoxide can be a byproduct of heating if you have a gas furnace.
- Fix any existing leaks now – inspect pipes and have leaks repaired.
- Know where your water main is in case you need to shut it off.
- If there are any stretches of extremely cold weather, keep a small stream of water running in a few faucets to guard against freezing/bursting pipes. Moving water is harder to freeze!