Tips to “Winterize” a Vacant Home

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Realizing we are in the Central Texas area, “winterizing” your home doesn’t apply to our climate all the time, but with lower temperature for the next couple of months I like to remind my clients who have a vacant home a few things to safe guard their investment.

  • Turn the heater on “low”. This may seem like a waste of energy, but having the heater on will help present freezing temperatures in the home and keep the pipes from bursting. The cost of a heating bill is far cheaper than repairing the damage from busted pipes that flood your home.
  • Turn off the water and drain all the pipes completely if your home is on a downgrade. If there is no water in the pipes, there is nothing to expand.
  • If you do not drain, leave water running at a small constant trickle. Flowing water is less likely to freeze than standing.
  • Insulate exposed pipes & faucets outside the home.
  • Pour anti freeze into the bowl and tank in each toilet, per directions on the bottle. This will prevent the water in the toilet from freezing if there is a power failure.
  • Clean out gutters. Water can back up in debris filled gutters, forcing water out in the wrong areas of your home.
  • Trim branches that hang over your home. During an ice or windstorm, branches hanging over home can fall and cause damage.
  • Weatherize all windows and doors

Remember with all vacant property, always check with your homeowners insurance policy on how long your property can remain vacant and your insurance coverage is valid. If your home is currently for sale, remember the contract to purchase it requires that the seller has all utilities on during the contract until the day of closing.   If you would like more information about selling your home, in winter or summer, please contact me.

 

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