How to Fend-Off Freezing Pipes, a Faulty Heating System, and Cold Air This Winter

As winter nears and temperatures continue to drop keeping your home and its infrastructure warm and in good working order becomes even more of a priority. Heed these recommendations to help protect your home against freezing Michigan winters.

Preventing Freezing Pipes

To help prevent outdoor plumbing from bursting in cold and freezing temperatures you’ll need to drain water from your outdoor faucets. If you have in-ground sprinkler pipes it’s important to have them “blown out,” which is a process of draining them of water using an air compressor. This can be a dangerous and complicated process and may be best left to professionals.

Inside your home if you’ve got pipes that have a history of freezing consider wrapping them with heat tape to fend off extremely cold weather. If a pipe does burst make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water shutoff is located, and how to turn the water off to minimize a flood.

Staying Toasty Warm

To make sure your fireplace is in good working order and ready to go this winter season have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned prior to the first frost. That is also an ideal time to have a pro do a routine check of your heating systems—including vacuuming heating components, vents, and checking your furnace filter to see if it needs to be replaced—before cold temperatures set in.

Blocking Cold Air

No one wants a drafty house, especially during the winter. To prevent entry points for cold air check the windows and exterior doors around your home to verify that the weatherstripping is in good condition and doesn’t need to be replaced. Also, see if there are any cracks or gaps that need to be caulked—don’t forget spaces around pipes or ducts that are routed through exterior walls.

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