Protect You Home and Real Estate Investments from Cold Weather And Water Damage


Whether you have an all-season home or vacation home you have to protect yourself year-round from plumbing disasters. Due to the extreme temperature swings during our winter months in northern New York it is even more important. A home that is occupied and being actively heated can still be susceptible to the extreme cold.

If you are currently having issues with frozen pipes we urge you to contact a professional and minimize or avoid any costly property damage. If you are new to the area or unsure of a reputable service professional, you can feel free to contact one of our agents. With over 90 local agents throughout the state of New York they will be able to point you in the right direction and connect you with a trusted professional.

Here Are A Few Tips You Can Use To Help Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing.

  • Keeping the heat on.
  • Using space heaters in room that are prone to frozen pipes.
  • Allowing faucets to drip slightly.
  • Keeping all interior doors open to circulate heat.
  • Sealing up holes and cracks that allow cold air into vulnerable areas.
  • Adding extra insulation.
  • Removing exterior hoses and shutting off interior valves feeding those hoses.

Steps For Winterizing Your Vacation Home When Unoccupied.

Water System
1. Turn off electric supply to water system pump
2. Turn off electric to water heater if electric or Turn off gas supply if
Gas fired water heater.
3. Shut off water systems by shutting the valve if on municipal water.
4. Drain the pressure tank.
5. Open all faucets.
6. Disconnect all hoses from exterior faucets.
7. Open drain valve closest to the main shut off valve so water will
Drain out clear to the shut-off valve.
8. Drain pressure or holding tank.
9. Flush toilets and dip all water out of the flush tank.
10. Be sure to drain flexible spray hoses in showers and sinks
11. Open diverter valve to shower head so water drains out.
12. Drain water softeners.
13. Drain any other water treatment equipment such as whole house Filters, carbon filters, UV light filters, etc. 14. Drain water heaters.

Last step is to connect an air compressor to the system and blow any Remaining water out. You can purchase an inexpensive air compressor If you are up for this task. We recommend contacting a professional to assist and ensure your property is protected.

Washer and dishwasher
Water left in hoses and internal components can cause damage when
It freezes. Shut off water supply to clothes washer. Remove and drain Inlet hoses. Clear water valve by setting timer for fill cycle. Press warm Water button and run machine a few seconds. Drain water from drain Hose. Disconnect electrical supply.

For a dishwasher, remove inlet and outlet connection to the valve.
Operate valve to remove any water. Remove drain hose from the Pump and drain. Disconnect electrical supply. It is also a good idea to clean the equipment and to protect the finish With a coat of appliance polish.

Sewage system
1. Force as much water as possible out of traps with a plunger.
2. Add environmentally safe antifreeze to each trap so you have at Least a 50% solution.
3. Check for traps in these locations: kitchen sinks, bathroom Sinks, bathtub and/or shower drains, toilets, washtubs, floor Drains and maybe a sump pump.