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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - COLD WEATHER PIPE CHECKLIST

Kathleen Weaver Zech - Dean's Team Director of Buyers Agency ServicesIt's that time of year again.  Let me just say it in one word, "BRRRRRR!"  One of the main impairments to keeping your home protected is the winter chill.  And if you're not careful, your pipes could not only freeze but also break. 

Below is a checklist for checking your pipes during the cold weather.  If you missed out on this before the big freeze, be sure to attempt what you can since this winter has only just gotten started.

  1. Disconnect outside water hoses. Water in hoses will freeze and expand causing faucets to freeze and break.
  2. Inspect outside faucets. Repair if leaking before a hard freeze.
  3. If your home is equipped with interior shut off valves, close them and drain the lines.
  4. Cover outside faucets using a faucet insulation kit.
  5. Insulate pipes in unheated areas. Apply heat tape or heat cables around exposed pipes.
  6. Drain sediment from the hot water heater, which causes corrosion.
  7. Clear leaves and debris from roof gutters to ensure proper drainage throughout the winter.
  8. Inspect and clean basement sump pit. Remove any rocks and debris. Dump a bucket of water in the pit to test it. If it turns on, empties the pit quickly then turns itself off it is working properly.
  9. Make sure the heat in an empty house is set no lower than 55 degrees to prevent pipes freezing.
KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 9:41 AM by Dean's Team

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