Preparing Properties For Cold Weather
Checklist to Winterize Your Home in the NC High Country
*Clean the gutters - Clear out any debris or leaves. Install downspout extenders as needed to direct water flow away from the house.
*Insulate pipes/plumbing - Insulate pipes that are susceptible to freezing. If you are away from the home for an extended time: leave the heat on & you may want to leave a small stream of water flowing from a faucet to ensure pipes don’t freeze and burst.
*Seal any cracks - Re-caulk (or use weather stripping) any cracks around doors & windows to prevent drafts.
*Maintain heating systems - Furnaces, fireplaces & chimneys should all be checked routinely at least once a year.
*Check all detectors - This is a routine task that you should be doing monthly.
*Tend to the trees - Trim all trees in your yard and remove any dead branches before the snow arrives.
*Stow the hose away Winterize your garden hose and any outdoor spigots. Drain the hose and store it away. Drain, turn off and then insulate outdoor pipes to prevent freezing.