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Monday, December 5, 2011

How to Winterize Your Vacation Home!

Recently MSN had a great article on how to “button” up your vacation home for winter. Since we live at the Jersey Shore, a prime vacation destination, we thought we would share these great tips with you!

First off, what you need to do depends on where your home is. The colder the climate, the more work you have to do. Here is what the experts say:

*Turn Off Your Water Supply- Even if you decide to leave the heat on, turn off the water coming into the house. If you lose power and it gets cold and the pipes freeze, when it gets worm there will be water everywhere!

*Drain The Pipes- After you’ve shut off the water, drain the pipes in the house so there’s no water inside of them that can freeze.

*Change Your Water Heater Settings- Many water heaters have a “vacation setting” marked on the dial. This will conserve energy and also keep the water from freezing.

*To Heat or Not To Heat- It is advised to never shut your heat completely off when winterizing your home. Turn your heat to the lowest setting, but keep it going.

*Power Down- If you want to leave some electricity one, just throw certain breakers into the “off” position. Or, go around an unplug all the electrical items you can.

*Keep Interior Doors Open- This will help the air circulate while all the exterior doors and windows are closed.

Here are a few quick tips for the outside too:

*Prune your trees

*Install a chimney cap

*Care for sprinklers

*Secure your dock

We hope this helps you and your home get through the cold winter!!

More information here



Mike said...

My favorite season is winter.It is a good season to enjoy your holidays.Sometimes i prefer to spend my holidays at home only rather than going outside.

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Anonymous said...

Sorry but this is so high level as to be useless -- article might as well have said -- SEE A PLUMBER