Preparing Your Property for Winter

Expect the unexpected! Here in Texas we never know what kind of weather the winter months will bring! It could be sunny and 75 on December 1st, then icy and snowing December 2nd! Either way All County is here to prepare you so you can best prepare your property! 

Here are some tips that we encourage all our owners/ tenants to do.

1. Heating system check
Turn the thermostats to heat mode and set it to 80 degrees just for testing. Warm air should begin blowing within a few minutes. If it seems to be running fine, then switch the thermostat back to normal. If you feel it is not working correctly, check your thermostat settings. If you cannot diagnose the problem, you may need a qualified technician.

2. Replace the air filters
Though you should be doing this once a month, it is a great idea to check them an extra time as the temperature begins to drop outside. This will insure good airflow throughout the home.

3. Check the chimney and fireplace
(If applicable) Be sure to check your fireplace and chimney before using it. Make sure the damper is open and that the chimney is clear from obstructions.

4. Water pipes
Insulate exposed piping. If any of the pipes are exposed in an uninsulated place such as exterior wall or attic, wrap them in foam insulating sleeves and electrical heating tape. The outside water supply such as hoses need to have their water supply cut off.  Also consider using a cover for them as well.

5. Sprinkler system
Drain the irrigation system. This prevents trapped water from freezing and busting a pipe.

6. Prepare landscape and outdoor
In case of snow, be sure to cut loose branches from trees to keep them from breaking. Clean out gutters from leaves that may have fallen during the previous months. Cover the patio furniture, clean and store away important items and cover grill equipment.

As a friendly reminder, if you have pets please bring them inside during the cold winter months.