Winter is coming and that means it’s time to protect your mountain property from the elements. Harsh winds, freezing temperatures, snow and ice could damage your property if some precaution is not taken heading into the winter months. Preparing your home now means you can enjoy it later. While you may know the basic measures to help prevent frozen pipes, we’ve compiled a list of winterization tips that we hope you’ll find helpful whether your mountain property is your primary residence or second home. Cheers to a great winter season ahead!
1.) Disconnect outside hoses. Drain your hoses and irrigation systems. Though you may have a “freeze proof” spigot, it’s a good idea to cover your exterior spigots with insulated covers. Covers can be purchased at the hardware store.
2.) Caulk and maintain weather stripping. Any leaks in windows or doorways that are allowing airflow or moisture should be sealed to keep your home airtight. This will also help with your energy bill this winter.
3.) Insulate water lines. Put rubber insulation around hot and cold water pipes. Rubber insulation can be purchased at the hardware store. This will also help with your energy bill this winter.
4.) Maintain heating units. Replace furnace filters, open and clear vents and make sure your heating appliances are serviced and ready for winter.
5.) Repair roofs. Check your roof for missing shingles or damage and repair as necessary to avoid future leaks.
6.) Maintain chimneys and stovepipes. Have your chimney cleaned regularly. Owning a high-quality chimney cap is encouraged.
7.) Close foundation vents. Time to close foundation vents heading into the winter and open them late spring when the warmer weather returns.
8.) Prepare for snow removal. Have shovels, snow blower ready or contract for removal.
9.) Check batteries. Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide protectors.
10.) Vacation check list. If you plan to be away from your home for an extended amount of time a.) turn off water b.) open faucets and flush toilets c.) add anti-freeze to toilets and drains d.) set thermostat to 50 degrees or more.