Vince ClingenpeelVince Clingenpeel is the president and principle inspector of Clingenpeel Properties Inc. His father founded the company in 1954 as a masonry business. He started his career as a bricklayer, then apprenticing again to become a master carpenter and remodeling contractor. He also teaches adult education trade classes in his spare time. Vince uses his knowledge, experience and affiliation with the American Society of Home Inspectors (www.ASHI.org) to provide home inspections as well as construction and maintenance advice to homeowners and do-it-yourselfers in Northern Virginia.
Vince Clingenpeel: I am Vince Clingenpeel. We are talking about how to winterize your house. We are in the kitchen at the sink. Much like the bathroom, you have to remember to get every little bit of water out. If you look underneath the sink, the shade of vault will have a pipe or a hose running to the faucet. If you have one of these kind, the water will certainly drain out, that is not an issue. The thing you got to worry about is these new flexible hoses that have become very popular. Many times they are little bit too long and the plumbers will make a loop in them like that. The water may not drain out, it is a simple thing to release it, pull it out, drain all the water. Same thing with your faucet, if you have a handsfree or a flexible hose like this, you got to remember that there is no loop underneath and you can get the water out.
The trap is much like the bathroom; you want to displace the water at the very least 50-50 solution. Then, there is a dish washer, if you have one, you are going to want to disconnect the water underneath, leaving the power on at this point, we still have the electricity running. Disconnect the water and run the pump and get the water to come out of the system. You do not want to leave any water inside the pump in the workings of the dish washer. Next thing is your refrigerator. When you turn the power off, you are going to want to open it, clean it, remove all your food stuffs and prop the door open. If you do not, you are going to end up with mildew when you come back.
The last thing you are going to want to do is check your cabinets. You are going to remove all your food stuffs. Anything that can freeze, cannabins, any liquids, things like that, they are not going to be any good when you come back. Do not forget your dry foods, flour, sugar, stuff like that. You are going to want to put them in metal containers, if you do not take them with you. Mice will just love it. Now, we are going to slip down stairs and we are going to talk about furnace and the water heater.