If you’re planning to be away from home for an extended period during the winter you can help safeguard your property from damage caused by frozen and busted pipes, and protect its exterior against storms and pest intrusion by following these two recommendations.
Keeping Your House and Plumbing Warm if You Leave the Water On
If you decide not to turn off your water supply and drain water from your pipes for the duration of your absence you should keep the furnace running to maintain a warm environment and prevent the pipes from freezing. Set the temperature to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, or higher, to help keep the interior of wall and floor cavities—areas where water pipes are typically located—above freezing temps. Keep your room and cabinet doors open to facilitate the circulation of heat.
Consider turning off the water to washing machines and dishwashers, when it’s possible, to prevent leaks. Also, consider turning off and draining outdoor faucets to avoid water damage due to freezing temps.
Think about installing a water flow sensor and a low-temperature sensor on your main water supply pipe and integrating them into a monitored alarm system on your smartphone.
Shoring Up the Exterior
During the winter season, small animals seek shelter and warmth. That’s why you should inspect the exterior of your house to make sure there aren’t any gaps or spaces that might be large enough for rodents to enter. Fix any breaches you find. Also, remember to cover your home’s exterior vents using hardware cloth, and verify that your fireplace flue is closed—it’s a typical entry point for birds, squirrels, and bats.
Consider installing door sweeps on your exterior doors to stop smaller insects and animals from gaining entry.
When it comes to trees on your property, trim back dead and low-hanging branches near your structure to prevent damage during a storm.
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