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Getting Ready for Winter

Before leaving for winter break, ensure your place is ready for the winter. Here are some tips so you can rest easy knowing that your housing will be safe from the cold over break.

  • Turning on your heat: You may smell dust burning off. Don’t be alarmed by the smells, unless there is a clear indication of a fire, in which case call 911.
  • Leave your heat on: This ensures that your pipes won’t freeze if the inside temperature of your house or apartment gets too cold. To save money, turn down your thermostat to a temperature that is above freezing yet cooler than you would normally keep your place. Turning your heat off completely will likely lead to busted water pipes.
  • Unplug all necessary appliances: Consider cleaning out your fridge and unplugging it to save extra money (Make sure you leave the door open to prevent mold).
  • Disconnect any water hoses: Ice can form and pressure can build up in the water lines inside your home. This could cause your pipes to burst.
  • Throw out unwanted perishable foods: This guards against insects and rodents.
  • Window Insulation kit: If your place is drafty this could prevent energy loss and the drafts.
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers: Remove all fire hazards and make sure they are in good working condition.
  • Notify your property owner: They may be willing to check in on your place to make sure all pipes remain unfrozen.
  • Request your mail service be stopped or forwarded: Go online to USPS website.