Preparing For Winter In PMC

Winter is coming in Pine Mountain Club. Have you taken steps to prepare your home for the cold weather? Here are tips on what to do to be safe this winter:

• Be sure to Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries at least twice a year. It is a state law in California for carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in homes that have an attached garage, replace, wood stove, or gas heater or appliance.

• Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified contractor.  A plugged vent could cause deadly gas to enter your home causing death or injury.

• Check all the weather-stripping around windows and door frames for leaks to prevent heat loss.

• Clean gutters of leaves and pine needles.

• Trim overgrown branches back from the house and check electrical wires so that iced-over branches will not blow lines onto the house, which can cause property damage or a power problem.

• Insulate hot and cold water pipes in the crawlspace under your house as well as in the basement, attic and exterior walls with snap foam insulation. Make sure foam insulation conforms tightly without gaps. Apply duct tape to joints in insulation and miter foam around elbows, so that joints and pipes are completely covered.

• Consider wrapping problem pipes with UL-approved heat tape that has a built-in-thermostat to prevent overheating.

• Turn off your sprinkler system and drain the water.

• Disconnect and drain garden hoses.

• If you will be away from your home for an extended time, turn off water to the home and drain the pipes.  Freezing will occur which could be costly and destructive.