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Get Your Warm On Now!

filed under: Real Estate posted on January 15th, 2016

Winterize your homeTime to get your warm on now Cincinnati!

The calls have just begun as homeowners realize their dwellings don’t respond well to the rapid shifts in weather as they begin to deal with frozen pipes, garage doors and windows.  The delay of really cold weather has fooled some of us into forgetting what the cold and wet can do to a home. Time to get your warm on and keep your property safe this winter.

  1. Just because your my pipes haven’t broken in the past doesn’t mean that you don’t need to worry about them this winter.  The warm to cold weather swings prompt joints to expand and contract which in turn allows moisture to seep into areas and then freeze.
  2. When in doubt about pipes located under sinks leave the cupboard doors open until this cold blast passes.
  3. Better be safe than sorry-if you’re not sure about freezing pipes -turn on a fast drip from any faucet in the house and let it drip away.  This keeps water moving through pipes and while your water bill may a few dollars higher it’s less expensive than recovering from busted pipes.
  4. Pipes located on exterior walls may require a space heater in the room to help maintain a slightly higher room temperature.
  5. If you haven’t uncoupled hoses from outside faucets- do it now (protect yourself against frost bite).
  6. Vacant properties really need to be winterized (call a plumber).
  7. Households with humidifiers- adjust controls for lower humidity.  Higher humidity in house causes the inside of the windows to collect moisture and maybe even form ice around the interior window frame.  Since it takes about 24 hours for the humidifier to stabilize -leave the setting alone until we return to “normal” winter weather.
  8. Frozen garage doors may be caused by something as simple as melting snow refreezing at night underneath the garage door sash- causing the door to stick.  A quick sweep or shovel of excess moisture at the garage entrance may reduce or eliminate the problem.  Also gently pushing across  the interior of the garage door will help open frozen door seams.

The hit and miss blasts of cold will eventually transform itself into springtime.  In the meantime- protect your property- especially if it’s vacant.

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