Preparing Your Home for Winter


Living in the Midwest, we expect to have at least four to five months of cold, snowy weather. When winter pays a visit, this season’s severe weather conditions can cause real damage and forzen pipes. How do you become prepared you ask? Start by protecting your home with these suggestions from Aaron Swift.

  • Clean out the gutters, detach and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and seal and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbors to avoid liability latter.
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer and avoid frozen pipes.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when not being used.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would withstand the weight of a hefty snowfall.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow drip of water flowing through faucets linked to pipes that run through unheated or undefended spaces.
  • If your house will be empty during cold periods, consider draining the water system.

And as always, contact Aaron Swift Plumbing for any plumbing estimates. Proudly providing residential and commercial plumbing services to Washington Township and the surrounding communities.

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