Oct 7 16

TIME TO WINTERIZE

Ms. Rita Rents

PC @Bigstock PhotoSome of you are ecstatic to see the first snowflakes flying and some are dreading the bitter cold days and nights for months on end, but whether you are a winter fan or a winter foe, it’s time to face the inevitable and get things ready for the winter.

To help you out, here is a quick list of the things you should consider and a few helpful insider tips for each:

 

 

 

  1. Swamp Cooler
    1. If your manager doesn’t do it for you, make sure to follow these steps:
      1. Find the water supply valve and shut it off completely
      2. Unscrew the line from the valve so the water will drain completely. If the water stays in the line over the winter, it may split the line causing a nasty flood in the spring.
      3. Go to the unit and pull the drain plug out of the pan to drain the water.
        1. DO NOT PUT IT BACK IN PLACE, LEAVE IT UNPLUGGED SO IT CAN DRAIN THROUGHOUT THE WINTER AS IT FILLS WITH RAIN, SNOW, ETC.
      4. Place a cover over it to keep the wind and weather out.
      5. Put a “swamp cooler pillow”, found at big box stores , in the vent hole in the house to prevent air loss.
  2. Door Seals
    1. Make sure that the seals around the doors are in good shape
    2. If there are gaps, you can easily make a handy, dandy sock snake to stop the draft at the bottom of the door.
  3. Hose Bibs (old style)
    1. Look for the valve inside the house that will turn off all exterior hose bibs. This is usually found inside the home directly relational to where the hose bib is on the outside.
    2. Turn it off.
    3. Turn OPEN the valve on the outside so the water drains fully and cannot freeze and crack the hose bib. Leave the valve open until turning it back on for the next year.
  4. Sprinkling Systems:
    1. This is probably something you shouldn’t be doing on your own!! You can do more damage to the system if it is done wrong than it is worth. But, you should have it done and it should be on your list!
  5. Lawnmowers
    1. It’s true; you have to winterize your lawnmower by putting some stabilizing fluid in the gas so it doesn’t go bad over the winter.
  6. Windows
    1. Make sure there are no gaps, and it locks.
    2. If you have a single pane, there are some great shrink wrap products out there to keep the cold out and the heat in.
  7. Smoke detectors:
    1. This is also a good time to replace all the batteries in your smoke detectors and co alarms. Make sure to test them when you change the batteries.