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Winterizing Your Property

Winter is coming! The leaves have fallen, days are getting shorter and temperatures are cooling. Before it gets too cold, there are several important winterizing maintenance tasks that will ensure to protect your rental properties from the cold. By completing these tasks, your property or properties will be ready to endure the coming months of winter.

First step in winterizing a property is to drain and shut off your sprinkler system. Blowing out the system will protect from damage caused by frozen and thereafter burst lines, as the water freezes it expands and breaks the pipes, which inevitably would become a nightmare to repair. Exterior faucets must be properly drained, covered and shut off before the first freeze arrives, or they might crack or burst. Also detach, drain, and store garden hoses to keep them ready for warmer weather. In any case, winterizing the outside will protect your water fixtures from damage.

If any of your rental homes have pipes that run through cold basements, crawlspaces, attics, or garages, it is paramount to winterize them, which keeps them from freezing as well. One easy way to do that is to wrap them with foam covers or insulate them heat tape. By taking the time to prevent frozen pipes, you just might save yourself an expensive repair bill and even worse a flooded basement at the worst possible time. You should also require that residents keep the homes at a temperature of at least 58 degrees during freezing nights, this important reminder as families or tenants travel for the holidays.

Winterizing a property also means shutting down and covering the rental home’s A/C or swamp cooling unit. Covering the unit keeps it from leaking freezing air back into the house. It also protects the unit itself from damage caused by harsh winter weather. 

All these tasks for winterizing a property will ensure that you and your residence are warm and safe for the winter months and prevent unnecessary repair and expense.

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