As the warm summer months become a thing of the past and fall takes hold, it’s time to start preparing for winter. Not only does winter bring fantastic holidays, but it also brings cold weather, snow, and an assortment of home chores. There are many things you need to do to prepare your home for winter. Culver in O'Fallon, Missouri offers the following checklist to make sure your house, including your drains and septic pump, are ready for the winter months.
- Heating: Your heating system, whether boiler or HVAC, needs a tune-up before the winter. The last thing you want or need is a broken heater when the temperatures are freezing.
- Fans: Don’t forget to reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. After you turn on your heat, run your fans in a clockwise direction to bring heated air down.
- Roof: Your roof is going to be hard hit in the winter, Culver warns. Hire an inspector and make sure it’s ready to handle the ice and the snow.
- Floors: If you have a fireplace, you need to make sure your surrounding floors can handle the heat. If you have wood or carpet near your fire, make sure you protect it from burns.
- Windows: Windows that aren’t caulked appropriately can let in the cool winter air. Check the joints and frames to ensure each window is fully sealed.
- Pipes: If you go on vacation or leave your heat off for too long, your pipes can freeze. Culver reminds you to turn off your water before vacations and check your drains for standing water. And don’t forget to turn off exterior faucets.
- Sump Pump: Culver recommends that you test your sump pump by slowly pouring several gallons of water into the pit to make sure it turns on.
- Insulation: Whether in your garage, attic, or basement, make sure you have the right insulation to protect your indoors from the cold weather outside.
Winter is coming, but you can protect your home from the craziness that is Missouri winter weather with this simple checklist from Culver. And for all your emergency plumbing needs, give them a call at (636) 441-7291 or visit their website.