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Cold Weather Tips for Vacant Buildings

Cold weather can pose many problems. Ice, snow, and freezing temperatures can keep people bundled up indoors keeping warm. What about the buildings and homes that are vacant during the winter season? Here are some tips to keep in mind for the colder temperatures.

Make sure to keep the electricity on in the house or building for heating to ensure the pipes do not freeze. The heating system should be checked by a contractor to make sure it is in working order, as well as any boiler or fuel tanks. If the house has a chimney, make sure it is checked, cleaned, and possibly install a chimney guard screen-cap. In addition, make sure your building is properly insulated, especially around the doors and windows.

Frozen pipes can bust and cause damage, so if the heating system is shut off the pipes will need to be drained and properly cladded. If there are any cracks in the pipes, get them fixed as soon as possible because the cracks can only get worse with time. Having your pipes freeze is similar to putting a soda can into the freezer. Frozen water expands and when it does, it can cause the pipes to burst. Another tip to look out for is keeping the gutters clean. If the gutters are blocked, water can build up and possibly freeze. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water damage to your building, so it is advisable to visit your buildings or homes regularly to make sure the heating system is working properly and to make sure everything is holding up correctly.

Check with your agent to make sure your building is being properly cared for during the cold months.

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