Winterization: Why it is so Important to Get Ready for Winter and Be Prepared
We’ve broken down several aspects of winterization so you can get to work keeping your home comfortable for you and your family. Contact Harmony Home Concierge today to find out more !
What is Winterization and Why Is It Important?
The cold months are quickly coming upon us, and you need your home to be ready. Before the snow starts to fall, winterizing helps keep your home secure and safe for when you return.
Winterization is the process of preparing your home and various other properties and systems for the cold weather. Winterization is most important when a home will be vacant during the winter months, which means turning off the water and draining the water heater, ensuring all water is purged from your plumbing system, and more.
For all your winterization needs, Harmony Home Concierge is here to help. Contact us today to find out how we can keep your home secure and safe during the winter months.
Dangers of Not Winterizing
Winterization is crucial to make sure all the systems of your home will run properly when you return. Not winterizing your home can create dangerous situations and even lead to expensive repairs in the springtime.
Some of the risks of not winterizing your home include:
Frozen and Burst Pipes – If water is left in your heater and your pipes, they could freeze and create leaks or burst altogether as your home is not being heated anymore.
Vulnerability of Theft – If you are leaving your home vacant during the winter, a proper security system will keep your property safe from thieves and burglars.
Damage to Property – If you own a boat or an RV, damage from frozen water and gas lines could lead to expensive repairs during the spring.
Damage from Ice – Water will freeze in places like gutters which, under pressure, could break and fall off once the ice thaws. This can cause safety issues when you return home, as well as expose indoor spaces to the elements.
What Can I Winterize?
Winterization, while chiefly a consideration for homes, is a process that can help preserve all kinds of property. Here’s a list of some household properties that can be winterized:
Your Home – This includes turning off water lines, weatherizing gutters, and more.
Your Pool – This includes covering and chemically balancing your water.
Your RV – You can winterize an RV by draining all water and fuel as well as sealing up windows.
Your Equipment – Any yard equipment that runs on fuel can be winterized.
Your Boat – If you own a boat, you’ll want to drain all water and fuel, as well as seal up any cracks that might grow during the freeze and thaw cycle.
How to Winterize a House
You’ll want to ensure that all utilities in the home are completely shut off. Along with draining all water systems, you’ll want to turn off the heat, disconnect phone lines, and check for any cracks or crevices in your home’s exterior.
Lastly, make sure your doors are locked, and that your security systems are working properly. Thieves most often will strike when they know a home is vacant.
Also make sure to completely clean out your gutters. Then, make sure that water flows freely from the drainage points, then ensure there is no leftover water that could freeze.
How to De-Winterize a House
De-winterizing a home is a slow and careful process. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide:
Turn on the Heat – Have the heat turned on in your home, and have your pipes inspected to make sure there are no leaks. Slowly turn on the supply valve, and turn on the heat for your hot water heater.
Turn on the Water – Once the heat’s back on, go to each of the shutoff valves for all your faucets and toilets and slowly turn them on. Also, slowly turn on the supply valve for your water heater.
For all faucets and shower heads, begin with a small flow of cold water and make sure no leaks were created during the freezing months. Repeat this process for your outdoor hoses.
This process requires close attention to all the valves in your home. If you have any doubt, contact Harmony Home Concierge today so one of our trained vendors can make sure all systems are running properly.
How to Winterize a Pool
There are several steps to winterizing your pool:
Adjust and Balance Chemical Levels – The chemicals that keep your pool sanitary must be balanced properly using a water chemistry test kit.
Clean Your Pool Filter – Make sure your pool’s filter is completely clean of residue and buildup.
Lower the Water Level – It is suggested to lower your pool’s water level to around two inches below the return jet. Many people do this with a sump pump.
Remove Accessories – Make sure no ladders, skimmers, and floats are left in the water. These accessories can be damaged from the freeze and thaw cycle.
How to Winterize a Sprinkler System
First, you’ll want to set the pressure on your compressor to push all water out of your sprinkler system. This will ensure sprinkler lines don’t burst during the freeze and thaw cycle.
Most compressors are not powerful enough to drain the entire system, so you’ll want to make sure you drain water zone-by-zone. This can be a confusing process, so contact us to find out more about draining your sprinkler system.
Also make sure your irrigation pipes are buried between 10-12 inches underground.
How to Winterize a Camper/RV
Overall, you’ll want to drain all parts of the RV that hold water. You’ll also want to remove and bypass all water filters.
Then, make sure there is no fuel in the tank and fuel lines of your RV. Then, run antifreeze through all piping systems to keep them thawed during the winter months.
How to Winterize a Boat
Winterizing a boat is a detailed process, but we’ve listed a few of the most important considerations below:
Fuel Stabilizer – Add fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank to make sure the fuel will stay fresh and usable when you use it again.
Drain the Engine – Engines should have no liquids inside them during the winter months.
Change the Oil – Give your boat a complete oil change to protect the lines during the winter months.
We’re Here to Help
Winterizing your property and home is no easy task. With each of these sections, there are many considerations to make to ensure you return from spring with everything running at peak efficiency. Our comprehensive winterization checklist ensures your property is safe when you’re gone.
Our dedicated Harmony Home Concierge professionals know all the ins and outs of winterization. Contact us today to ensure your home and property are properly protected from freezing temperatures.