Lakefront homes face some of the harshest winters. If you’re planning on leaving your Lake Wylie home for the winter, there are some steps that you will need to take to protect it.
Get a head start in the fall by blowing out the line in your sprinkler system, cleaning out the gutters, or having the roof checked for loose and damaged shingles, to prevent costly leaks.
The following simple steps are just some of the things you can do to winterize your Lake Wylie home:
Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Start simple! Empty out the refrigerator and freezer to prevent food from going bad, in case of a power outage. Give it a good scrub so that you don’t leave behind any food sources for insects and vermin.
Unplug All Appliances
Unplug all the appliances to avoid the risk of a fire caused by something like a faulty switch.
Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors to cut down on drafts, and save energy.
Shut Off Gas Water Heaters
If you’re going to be away for a long time, shutting off gas hot water heaters is highly recommended.
Shut Off Water
Disconnect the garden hose and shut off the water supply to the outside faucet. If possible, turn off the water supply to dishwashers and washing machines.
Leave Cabinet Doors Open
Leaving cabinet doors open allows heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks.
Remember, unless you’ve drained your home’s entire plumbing system, the heat needs to stay on. Keep your thermostat above 50 degrees to make sure your indoor plumbing doesn’t freeze.
If you plan on leaving your home for a long period of time, the best thing you can do is hire a neighbor or professional to help you take care of your Lake Wylie home.
In case of emergency, our STOP Restoration will help get your Lake Wylie home back to normal in no time.
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