There are many different problems that can affect vacant homes, possibly resulting in costly damage.

Be Careful About Leaving Your Home Vacant In Winter

October 13th, 2016 by

There are many different problems that can affect vacant homes, possibly resulting in costly damage.

If the coming winter looks to be too much for you, you might be thinking about a little seasonal trip down south. Though this may certainly be enjoyable, don't forget that you can't just leave your home unoccupied for a length of time in the cold without some basic preparations.

There are many different problems that can affect vacant homes, possibly resulting in costly damage. During deep freezes, your water system is the most vulnerable. Here are two preventative measures you should take:

  • Drain the pipes: Homeowners are advised to leave the heat on at a certain level at all times during the winter to prevent their pipes from freezing and cracking. But over a longer period of time, heating systems can fail. To be sure that everything stays intact, turn off the water supply and drain the supply pipes.
  • Use anti-freeze: There may still be water left in drain pipes in your house, and the best way to protect them is to add nontoxic antifreeze. This will help them weather the cold.

There are, of course, some potential disasters that you can't plan for. Depending on how your home is built, ice dams can build up, leading to persistent leaks. A heavy snowstorm could put too much pressure on your roof, causing it to partially or completely collapse. For this and many other scenarios, it's important to have updated home insurance.

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