December Home Maintenance

While it may seem like summer outside, here is your December Home Maintenance Checklist of things to do before winter. And yes, it is coming!

Plan for it

I’m a big planner. Being prepared is what I live by. Be ready for winter. Don’t wait until winter to do these things. Get started on them now.

What do you need to buy in case of bad weather? Get things now rather than when everyone else is trying to buy the same things you are and they are nowhere to be found. Especially with the shortages we are experiencing. I’d rather buy it and return it, than not have it at all.

You’ve got all month to get these things done. Yes, there will be more home maintenance to do in January. That’s why it’s called maintenance. You are maintaining the value of your home.

December home maintenance things that are easy to do:

  • Reverse all of your ceiling fan blades to counterclockwise to push the warm air back down.
  • Cover your patio furniture to save from the winter elements and make it last longer.
  • Check your snow equipment and make sure everything is in good working order.

Things to schedule:

  • Chimney inspection – many house fires are caused by a cracked liner or chimneys that are blocked
  • Furnace check-up – yearly maintenance is much cheaper than allowing your furnace to quit working. Be sure to stock up on furnace filters now for the winter months ahead.

If you don’t know a chimney sweep or furnace guy, reach out to me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here. I can certainly tell you who is on MY DO NOT CALL LIST. After 34 years in real estate, I certainly have had some bad experiences and avoided many more situations with people who shouldn’t be in business.

December home maintenance things to do outside:

  • Inspect your trees for any broken limbs or branches hanging over your house. One bad storm could cause you major problems when those branches fall on your roof.
  • Clean your gutters now so snow can melt into them which will prevent ice dams later.

That’s a pretty simple list. The key to December Home Maintenance is to be winter-ready. That’s about all you have control over. The rest is out of your hands.

If you have questions, please call or text me at (913) 515-3250. I’m just a phone call away from your most pressing question. Call me or ask Google. But in my opinion, it’s always better to talk to a professional.

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Frozen Pipes in Overland Park

This year, with the cold weather coming in like a lion, it’s time to think about frozen pipes in Overland Park. First of all, do you know where your water shut-off valve is located? Before you do anything else, go to your basement or garage and find your water shut off. Be sure to tag it so everyone in your household knows where it is and how to turn it off in the case of an emergency of burst or frozen pipes.

This week’s home maintenance tip

Before it gets any colder outside, be sure to disconnect your outside water hoses. By leaving your hoses connected, the water in them can freeze, expand and back up into the spigot and actually burst an interior pipe. This happened to so many people last year in Kansas City.

How to prevent frozen pipes in Overland Park

I don’t know about you but last year was a winter I won’t soon forget. My pipes froze and I was without water for almost a week. Once they froze, I opened all of my faucets only to come home one day and I heard the water running. Yay! And without any damage to my pipes and without any sinks filling up and overflowing.

There are several precautions you can do to help keep your pipes warm and prevent frozen pipes in Overland Park during the frigid winter temperatures.

Open your cabinet doors

The first thing you always hear about is to open your cabinet doors if you have interior sinks located on exterior walls. If that’s your situation, it’s normal for your plumbing to be vulnerable because the exterior walls are not insulated. The cold air from the outside can and will cause frozen pipes. Open the doors under your sinks to allow the heat from the room to get in there and keep the pipes warm.

Leave the faucets dripping

When the temperatures drop to below freezing, be sure to leave your faucets on those exterior wall sinks at a slow drip. This will keep the water moving through the pipes. It may increase your water bill a little, but that small increase will be much cheaper than burst or frozen pipes.

How to know if you have frozen pipes

If your water pressure is low, you may have a frozen pipe somewhere in the house. A pipe that feels extremely cold to the touch may be frozen. It’s imperative to clear the blockage as soon as possible to prevent a pipe from bursting in some inaccessible area of your home.

If you have no water service, more than likely the mainline from the street may be frozen. Call me at (913) 515-3250 for a referral to an honest plumber to assist you.

Thawing frozen pipes in Overland Park

If you think you can solve the problem of a frozen pipe yourself, go ahead and try. Open a nearby faucet slightly so the pipe can drain as it starts to thaw. You can use a hairdryer or heating pad to thaw a frozen pipe. Do not use in standing water as you could be electrocuted. Do not use a blow torch or pour hot water onto frozen pipes.

Need a plumber?

If you need a referral to a plumber for any regular or emergency service, please call or text me at (913) 515-3250 anytime 24/7.  Heaven forbid you call one of those plumbers that advertise heavily on television. That one mistake alone could cost you thousands of your hard-earned dollars. Please allow me to refer you to someone who is NOT on my own personal DO NOT CALL LIST and will look out for your best interests.

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