Winterizing Your Home

October 25, 2021

The fall season is an important time to prepare your home for the frigid months ahead. Weather can be unpredictable, so the sooner you winterize your home, the better. 

The steps necessary to properly winterize your home will differ depending on whether or not you will be living in the home throughout the winter. We have created a checklist that you can use to ensure that all parts of your home are taken care of.

Winterization Checklist

            Occupied Home

  • Put away all outdoor hoses
  • Check outdoor spigots for leaks
  • Drain water lines
  • Protect outdoor pipes by insulating them
  • Check heating system
  • Clean gutters
  • Shut off outdoor plumbing
  • Clean window wells
  • Check water treatment


            Unoccupied Home

  • Put away all outdoor hoses 
  • Check outdoor spigots for leaks
  • Drain water lines
  • Protect outdoor pipes by insulating them
  • Insulate pipes that run through exterior walls
  • Check heating system
  • Clean gutters
  • Shut off outdoor plumbing
  • Clean window wells
  • Check water treatment
  • Turn off water supply
  • Adjust your thermostat
  • Shut down gas line
  • Unplug electronics and appliances

When Should You Winterize Your Home?

We recommend that you have your home winterized by October 31st, but late is definitely better than never. You will want to ensure that you turn off hose bibs and any other plumbing that will not be used in a heated area. 

Why Should You Winterize Your Home?

Preparing your home before freezing temperatures arrive will help to prevent gas leaks, pipe leaks, and pipe ruptures due to freezing.

Ruptured pipes can be a costly repair and cause major damage to your home. Thankfully this can be avoided by properly preparing your home this fall.


If you have any questions or need some assistance winterizing your home, Donovan WaterWorks is staffed with fully-trained and experienced individuals that will ensure your home is prepared for the winter. We are currently offering a discount of 20% off of our winterization services. You can find additional information here.

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