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What does it mean when a property is winterized?


To protect a home from winter weather, especially vacant homes, people often winterize the home.  Rising fuel costs have made reducing heating costs a top priority for homeowners.  The high costs associated with heating a vacant home has made winterization a very common practice.  Winterizing homes that will be vacant for an extended period will ensure that the owners do not have to worry about coming home to a plumbing disaster.

Winterizing a home is a very involved process.  It is a systematic process to completely remove water from the home’s plumbing system.  To properly winterize a home one must drain the water heater, turn off the water heater and literally blow all the water out of the supply lines with specialized equipment.  If this is not done, and the vacant home is not heated, the water left in the plumbing system could freeze and cause severe damage.  Possible damage could include broken plumbing lines, damaged water heaters, flooding, broken appliances, faucets, toilets and ruined floors.  The biggest concern is flooding.  If the plumbing system is still active and a frozen pipe bursts, water will gush out of the pipes and into the home until someone turns it off.  Imagine the damage that running water 24/7 for days on end can cause to a home.  In addition, the home must be properly marked and secured to help minimize possible damage.

It is important to remember that you should never turn the water on to a home that has been winterized without having it first properly de-winterized.  We are often asked if this is something that they could do themselves.  This is not recommended simply due to the possible lack of training and knowledge associated with the process.  Depending on the size of the home and other factors, the process takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

The Inspection Company has trained professionals that can winterize and de-winterize your home.  The Inspection Company will go through a meticulous step-by-step procedure to ensure that home is properly winterized to prevent flooding.  If you are wanting to buy a home that has been winterized, The Inspection Company is ready to help!  We can de-winterize the home so that we can perform the whole home inspection.  Once we are finished, we can then re-winterize the home.

Call us today at 816-746-0003 to schedule your appointment!



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