Here is a a great list of tips every home owner should keep in mind, especially when seasons are changing.
- Take a minute to familiarize yourself with your home.
- Learn how to shut off the water to each appliance, fixture, as well as for the whole house.
- Be sure you know how to shut off the gas to each appliance.
- IF YOU SMELL GAS CALL THE GAS COMPANY IMMEDIATELY
- Make sure you know how to shut off the power in your home.
- Go through the breaker panel and figure out what each breaker controls.
- In case of an emergency, there is a main breaker that shuts off the whole house.
- Disconnect all hoses from outside faucets before freezing weather hits. If the outside faucets drip, get them repaired before winter to prevent them from freezing and breaking.
- Be sure to have your furnace and boiler serviced before the start of the heating season.
- For a Forced Air Furnace system: be sure to replace the air filter every 3 months.
- For a Boiler system with Baseboard hot water heat: With the heat on, go around to each baseboard and make sure you can feel heat coming out. Baseboards can become air locked which prevents proper circulation and reduces heat output. Lines that are not circulating can freeze in very cold temperatures. If you don’t feel heat coming out be sure to call us and have the problem diagnosed and fixed. Every couple of years, pull the covers off the baseboards and vacuum off the fins. This will help maintain proper heat output.
- For houses with vented crawlspaces: Be sure to cover the vents before winter, and uncover them in the spring.
- For homes in area prone to high ground water or flooding: Be sure to test your ground water removal pumps prior to spring run-off.
- If you are going to leave for an extended period of time be sure to have someone check on the house.
DO NOT turn the heat off during winter without having the home winterized first.
- If you have questions or concerns please call us and we would be happy to provide some advice on your plumbing and heating system before you leave.