If you're in possession of any property that's vacant during the cold winter months, it's absolutely vital that you ensure it's winterized properly. This service, often performed for a relatively small fee by professionals, could save you thousands in property damage and prevent a massive headache in terms of making sure the property is habitable.
This process needs to be started before the winter months begin - as soon as the temperature drops, you're already looking at the risk of damage. Standing water in pipes and household appliances will freeze, and frozen water expands. As soon as this happens, the cracks can (and most likely will) start - cracks that grow and can lead to full-blown breaks in the piping. This might not be noticeable, however, until the temperature rises again - at which point, of course, it will be too late, as the ice will melt and start filling ceilings and floors!
During a proper winterization, the following steps are typically taken:
- The water main is shut off.
- All toilets and reservoirs are completely emptied.
- The hot water tank and boiler are emptied.
- Air is blown into pipes to force any remaining water out.
- Special nontoxic antifreeze is poured into all toilets, sinks, baths, etc.
We want to emphasize once again the importance of having a professional assist with this process, as they can determine any additional or modified steps that should be taken based on the specifics of your property. Winterizing your vacant property is the smart way to protect your financial investment and avoid any costly repairs!
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