Ask the Agent: How to Prep Your Home for Frigid Temperatures

by Dan Lesniak

 

 

In Arlington, and across the northeast, we expect a few days of bitter cold temperatures. We’ve gotten questions about how to prep your home for the cold conditions. We’ve come up with a list of things you can do to weather the drop in temperature and maintain your home’s health.

Winter Weather Home Safety Guide

Here are some tips for getting your home in order to handle winter weather:

 

  • Clean out gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you’re not using it.
  • Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.

If you have any questions concerning the steps or in general, feel free to call us at 571-969-7653 or email us at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

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