With winter quickly approaching, the days are running out in Colorado to make sure your property is protected from the freezing elements coming our way. All Dry Water Damage Experts would like to provide you with ten professional tips for making sure your property is protected.
1. Insulate Pipes. The most important step to take in avoiding burst pipes and possible water damage and flooding to your home is to insulate any exposed pipes running along walls or in unheated areas, such as basements or crawl spaces. Pipe insulation can be found at most hardware stores and can be cut to fit the length of different size pipes, wrapped around the pipes, and secured with duct tape if needed.
2. Drain Sprinklers. Any residual water left in sprinkler systems can potentially freeze, expanding and cracking the pipes. This increases the chance of water damage and flooding in your home. All Dry Water Damage Experts recommends hiring a professional irrigation contractor to complete this service, however, the manufacturer’s website for your outdoor sprinkler system may provide steps to take for those who prefer to do the task on their own.
3. Scan your property for tree branches that may be growing over the house, garage, driveway or power lines. During winter storms or a heavy snow load, these branches could come down and cause major damage to your home. Remove any suspicious branches.
4. Clean out gutters of leaves and other debris. Frozen debris in gutters can freeze into a giant mass which can get under your shingles and damage your roof.
5. Prevent outdoor door locks from freezing. Spray graphite lubricant into each outside door lock , then turn key in lock. This powder will lubricate the pins inside the lock to prevent sticking.
6. Cut perennial plants to two to three inches above the ground using clippers or hedge trimmers. This will improve the appearance of your landscaping and also prevent harmful insects from using these overgrown plants to hide out in until spring.
7. Mulch flower beds. Adding a layer of mulch to flower beds provides insulation to the beds and protects flower roots.
8. Block drafts. To discover drafts, hold a lit candle along windowsills and baseboards and watch for flickering which signals a draft. Baseboard drafts can be blocked easily with the application of white or clear caulking. To seal drafts in windowsills, weather stripping or window-film kits can be utilized.
9. Clean fireplace. Wood fireplaces used more than six times a year should be professionally cleaned and inspected once a year. Owners of gas fireplaces or wood fireplaces which are rarely used should have their fireplaces inspected every three years.
10. Have the furnace checked at the beginning of winter by an experienced HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) contractor to make sure it is operating safely. Inspect furnace filters monthly and replace when filter turns brown or black.
Our staff at All Dry Water Damage Experts hope that you find this information helpful in preparing for the cold weather ahead.