FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, an award-winning family-owned home service company, offers winterizing advice to MetroWest residents expecting extended trips away from home during the heart of the winter season.
Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning offers winterizing advice to MetroWest residents expecting extended trips away from home during the heart of the winter season.
“It can be refreshing to spend winters in a warmer environment, but it’s important to remember that your home will stay behind in the cold,” said Mike Nicholson, owner of Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. “Taking care to prepare your home to properly withstand the long absence is important during what could be a severe winter. The last thing you want to do is come back from vacation to a home that is flooded because of a broken supply line or appliance malfunction.”
Nicholson offers the following as important steps toward winterizing a home:
Save electrical energy – Make sure that all electronics remaining behind such as televisions are not only turned off but are unplugged with any power strips being disconnected as well. This will eliminate any trickle charges and consumption that can add up over long periods. Large appliances, when possible, should be unplugged as well as small appliances such as coffee pots and toasters. Take a walk around the home to inspect the windows and doorframes, searching for any gaps in seals or deteriorated weather stripping that could allow warmth to escape. Finally, figure out what temperature setting will walk the line best between saving money and keeping the home at a safe temperature. A programmable thermostat is a great solution for maintaining the proper temperature within the home.
Prevent potential sanitary issues – Any perishable food items left on counters or inside the refrigerator should be used immediately, taken with, or properly disposed of outside the home. Do not leave behind unemptied trash bins, especially containing food, as these can attract any pests that may infiltrate the home to stay. Flushing out sink traps and disposals is a great way to avoid finding terrible odors upon returning.
Protect the plumbing – Shut off the water at the main valve, and open all faucets to allow them to drain. Leaving faucets open, especially outdoor spigots,