The Importance of Home Winterization in the Mountains

Winterizing is taking precautions to prevent cold weather related disasters. This winter of 2011-2012 has been most unusual. Although we saw temperatures in Highlands dip to 7 degrees in early December and some snow, January turned out to be the most mild in recent memory.

Cold winter temperatures can play havoc with household plumbing, particularly in seasonal homes, and in year round homes when the residents leave for a vacation. Traditionally we counter this by turning off the water “at the street,” or well pump.  Then we open all the faucets, drain the toilets, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator. Employ RV/marine antifreeze in the traps. The next level of defense is to drain the main lines.  Insulating pipes in crawlspaces, sealing air infiltration gaps in foundation walls, keeping heat on at a low level such as 52 degrees. Ask yourself what will freeze should there be high winds or an ice storm and downed power lines?  If you feel awkward about accomplishing these protective measures yourself, consider hiring a professional property manager or plumber to take care of this for you.

Even for year round homes it makes sense to be aware of these steps in case of that power loss. Stock your pantry with candles, flashlight batteries, drinking water, pet food and non-perishable food. Getting snowed in, even without a power loss, seems less romantic with every passing hour.

If you are thinking about using an auxiliary kerosene heater, or gasoline generator, remember to provide fresh air for ventilation, and a Carbon monoxide detector to monitor your success.

For more information on winter home care, please contact Bill Peavey at Meadows Mountain Realty at 828.526.1717 or contact Bill by email at [email protected].    

 

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES MEADOWS MOUNTAIN REALTY has been serving the Highlands NC and Cashiers NC areas offering exclusive mountain real estate and country club properties since 2003.

We recognize that there are many important aspects to consider in making a real estate choice. With that in mind, we listen closely to the needs and desires of each individual customer and work diligently to find the ideal mountain property or to sell your property as efficiently and effectively as possible. However, our job does not stop there.

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