Every fall we find owners of summer cottages, vacation hideaways and second home properties looking to find the best way to winterize their property and protect plumbing and fixtures from freezing and avoid possible damage. Recently, while performing a home inspection, I found the home had just been winterized and noticed containers of Prestone throughout the home. Apparently the homeowners believed Prestone, an automotive anti-freeze, was the best choice to winterize their sink traps, toilet traps, clothes washers and dishwashers. But the truth is, automotive anti-freeze is not the best choice at all. In fact, it’s 3 to 4 times the price and very bad for your septic system.
When winterizing your home’s plumbing, use RV anti-freeze. You can find this product at any Walmart, Kmart or big box home stores. At only $3.00 to $5.00 a gallon, RV anti-freeze offers a greater cost savings to you, and also, it’s much more friendly to your septic system and the environment.
If you are looking to winterize your home, but aren’t quite sure how to prepare or what products to use, please do a quick Google search on the internet. A simple “How to Winterize a Home” search will provide easy steps to protect your home this winter. There are a lot of well thought out sites you can visit that will tell you exactly what you need to do and what to use. Here’s an example of a link: http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/plumbing/systems/winterize/heat_off.htm
Should you have any questions on how to winterize, or if you notice changing conditions in your home, please feel free to call Falcon Home Inspections, LLC before you begin the winterizing process or before you plan to un-winterize your home. Falcon Home Inspections, LLC will be happy to inspect and address your specific areas of concern. Remember, it’s a good habit to schedule maintenance checks every 1 to 2 years to stay aware of any possible upcoming maintenance issues and to feel confident your home is in top, safe condition for you and your family. Hope this winterizing tip helps! Thanks for reading.