Extended Leave? Are you prepared for Winter?
the arrival of the Winter season, many residents
will be leaving their homes for extended periods of time. All
the items listed below should be attended to when leaving for an
extended time away and some even apply when taking a short get
away. Water leaks especially seem to have a tendency to
surprise residents even after being gone for a few days.
|Lock all windows and doors|
|Manually lock automatic garage doors|
|Ensure your alarm system is working|
|Set thermostats according to instructions|
|Empty your refrigerator|
|Clean all portable appliances - remove
crumbs from toaster to prevent ants|
|Sweep or vacuum all floors to remove crumbs
|Do not invite bugs to have a feast while you
are away - remove any flour, crackers, bread or pasta products
stored in cupboards.|
|Disconnect phone service and your cable TV's.
|Place plastic wrap under the seat of the
commode - this prevents water evaporation and traps sewer gas|
|Forward your mail and cancel your newspaper|
|Bring in patio furniture|
|Turn off the water supply to the washer to
prevent pressure damage to hoses|
|For absences of a month or more, turn off the
water heater. For shorter periods, turn the thermostat to
the lowest setting|
|Turn off the main water supply to your Unit|
|Have someone check your Unit once a week|
|Write a change of address to Surf Site
Your carpet's soaked. Your furniture's ruined. You
have to walk through six inches of water to get across your kitchen.
You've fallen victim to a catastrophe, but it wasn't a flood or
hurricane. You could have avoided this disaster. You can prevent
Frozen pipes aren't just an inconvenience. An average of a
quarter-million families have their homes ruined and their lives
disrupted each winter…all because of water pipes that freeze,
burst and destroy.
And if you think recovering from frozen pipes is as simple as
calling a plumber, think again.
An eighth-inch (three millimeter) crack in a pipe can spew up to 250
gallons (946 liters) of water a day, wrecking floors, furniture and
keepsakes. Both plastic (PVC) and copper pipes may burst.
Imagine if your pipes were to freeze and break while you were away
on vacation: Your homecoming would be a soggy one and your fix-it
plea to a plumber would have to be accompanied by calls to a
contractor, carpet-layer, painter and furniture store. Damage might
be so severe that you and your family would have to move out of your
home while repairs are made.
By taking a few simple precautions, you can save yourself the mess,
money and aggravation frozen pipes cause. Here are a few simple
steps to protect your home or apartment:
pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic. These exposed pipes are
most susceptible to freezing. Remember: The more insulation you use,
the better protected your pipes will be.
tape or thermostatically-controlled heat cables can be used to wrap
pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing
organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for
the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all
manufacturers' installation and operation instructions.
leaks that allow cold air inside, near where pipes are located. Look
for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Use
caulk or insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in. With
severe cold, a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a
pipe to freeze.
garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and
drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the
chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your
pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from
a faucet on an outside wall.
Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to
uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees (12
Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it's
warm enough to prevent freezing, or…
Shut off and drain the water system. Be aware that if you have a
fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it will be
deactivated when you shut off the water.
Don't take chances. If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes
out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber. If you detect
that your water pipes have frozen and burst, turn off the water at
the main shut-off valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned
on. (Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water
shut-off valve is and how to open and close it.)
Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame. Water
damage is preferable to burning down your house. You may be able to
thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by
warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward
the coldest section of pipe.
Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water because
you could be electrocuted.
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If your car is
stuck in snow, your floor mats or an old carpet, stored in
the trunk, can be placed under the rear wheels for traction.
Save old milk
cartons and fill with sand to carry in your car in case you
get stuck in the snow.
Fill old milk
cartons with old melted candles and/or parawax, insert a
wick and keep in your trunk of your car in case of winter
garage floor, particularly in the winter, by placing carpet
remnants on the area where the tires come in contact with
Snow will slide
off a shovel which has been sprayed with furniture polish or
Rub your snow
shovel with parawax or candle wax before using. Even wet
snow will slide off without buildup, keeping the shovel
light and easy to maneuver.
fertilizer spreader to scatter sand on icy walkways.
dangerous ice off your steps, sprinkle with salt.
Kitty litter can
be used to de-ice your sidewalks and steps.
Throw salt on
fireplace logs once a month to prevent soot in the
To prevent your
fireplace from smoking, raise the fire grate by placing
bricks under the legs.
If your water
taps have a tendency to freeze during a cold spell, leave
your taps on slightly. Running water will not freeze.
pipes can safely and easily be thawed out by using an
ordinary hair dryer nozzle directed at the frozen pipe.