Most of the leaves have fallen. The sky is dreary. Some houses have Christmas
Hose still attached?
decorations; yet pumpkins still exist. And, yes, the city has put salt brine on the roads for tomorrow’s snow. Winter is coming! No, the dead are not attacking from north of the wall, but have you prepared your house for the cold weather. Here are two common problems I have found looking at so many houses with buyers and sellers. 1) Not removing your garden hoses from the outside spigots and
Vents still open?
2) Not closing the vents/access to the crawlspace.
Remove Your Garden Hoses or Risk Broken Pipes!
You may or may not have used the garden hose the whole year and forgotten it hidden
Remove hoses from Spigots
behind the bushes. But, it is about to become a means to burst your pipes in the cold weather. A garden hose filled with frozen water becomes a heat sink to freeze the water inside the faucet pipes and cause them to burst! Ahh, but I have anti-freeze spigots and this does not affect me. Wrong! Anti-freeze spigots do not work if the hose is still attached. An anti-freeze spigot is designed to have the shutoff valve inside the house (or basement / crawlspace) to prevent water from being exposed to freezing temperatures. But if the hose is still attached then frozen water will extend from the hose into the spigot. The frozen water then has a chance to burst the pipes inside. Remove your garden hoses and allow the anti-freeze spigot to work.
Anti-freeze hose bibs have the valve inside to prevent frozen water from bursting pipes.
If you leave hoses attached, the water inside the spigot can freeze and burst pipes.
Shut the Crawlspace Vents and Make Sure the Access is Shut!
Close the crawlspace vents.
If you have a crawlspace, then you have openings to keep the space ventilated in the summer to prevent stagnant air during the warm months. Now, during the winter months, these vents and openings should be shut to prevent freezing temperatures in the crawlspace. Similar to the hose bib issue, we do not want any pipes to freeze and we want you to spend less on winter heating bills.
Consider adding optional vent covers.
Make Sure the Crawlspace Access is Shut
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