3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

(405) 879-1171

Blog

Baby it's Cold Outside

We have been blessed this fall with very temperate weather. But with the holidays and the solstice around the corner we are looking at a higher chance of freezing temps! We all need reminders now and then so we wanted to pass on some tips to protect your home or investment properties from possible damage that can come with dropping temperatures. 

Protect your pipes:

  • Disconnect your outdoor hoses from the faucet, and cover the water faucet with a foam insulator.
  • Turn off the sprinkler systems and drain them
  • Insulate water pipes in the unheated areas like your attic and accessible crawl spaces.
  • Open the cabinets of any indoor sinks that are on an exterior wall and clear item around the pipes to allow the air flow around them.   
  • Turn the faucet on to a very slow drip to keep the water moving to avoid freezing.

Check your Heat:

  • Make sure your gas and electric services are turned on to vacant spaces 
  • Change your furnace filter every two months.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat if you don't have one.
    • Programming it to be cooler at night and when you're not at home will save you money, and you can program it to be warmer for when you return or get up on cold winter mornings.
  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans.  Heat rises and reversing the direction brings the warm air down to keep you warmer.
  • Make sure your fireplaces are cleaned and ready for use.

 

Outside Precautions:

  • Clear gutters from the fallen leaves and debris that can build up which can keep rain snow and ice from draining off properly.  When ice and snow build up on the roof they can cause roof leaks.
  • Keep a bag of ice melt and a snow shovel handy to help prevent sliping and falling on icy and snow covered sidewalks.

Stock up on the essentials for an emergency event like a power outage or being snowed in.  Food, blankets, flashlights and water are always important to keep on hand in case of any emergency event.

We hope these winter weather tips and precautions will keep your family safe and warm.  From all of us at LaGree Associates we wish you a safe and Happy Holiday Season. 

LaGree Associates, L.L.C., is a full service commercial real estate company located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA. This site contains company information, agent profiles, Oklahoma City community information and our current real estate listings.