As the cold weather approaches, it’s essential to be prepared for freezing temperatures and the potential impact on your home. Whether you’re staying put during a freeze or temporarily leaving, taking the right precautions can save you from costly damage and ensure a smooth return. In this guide, we’ll walk you through different levels of protection and offer a plan for safely returning to your home after a winter storm.
Please note that while this guide provides valuable steps to protect your home during a freeze and safely return afterward, it may not cover all possible scenarios. Every home is unique, and the severity of winter storms can vary. The specific measures required may depend on various factors, including your location, the age and condition of your home, and the extent of the freeze. Use your discretion and consider consulting with professionals if you have concerns about the best practices for your particular situation.
If you’re staying in your home during a freeze and still have electricity and flowing water, here are some best practices:
Differentiate between a homeowner shut-off or city shut-off. City shut-off valves are owned by the city, and technically, only city personnel can operate them. Furthermore, they require a special tool for shutdown. If you haven’t already installed one, consider adding a homeowner shut-off valve for easy access in case of an emergency.
To help you prepare for the cold, we’ve compiled a list of essential tasks to tackle before the freeze arrives.
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If you lose electricity but still have flowing water, consider these additional steps:
For those leaving their homes unoccupied during a freeze, or if city water is unavailable, follow these steps:
Exercise caution with appliances such as recirculating pumps or under-counter ice makers. If you experience a loss of water or need to turn off your water supply, be sure to power down any appliances that rely on water, such as recirculating pumps, pound autofill, or ice makers.