Winter Self-Maintenance Reminder for Houses

. As renters of a single family house, please follow these tips to limit and prevent damage that freezing weather can cause.

• Ensure water is shut-off to outside spigots and hoses are unscrewed and drained. The spigot shut-off is usually located inside the house within a few feet of where the spigot is located. Ensure outside gutters and drains are clear of leaves and debris at all times.

• On especially cold nights with freezing temperatures, leave cold water faucets open on a very slow drip. It will not freeze as easily when there is a flow.

• Leave the cabinet under the kitchen sink and bathroom vanities open. This allows the warmer house air to warm the pipes.

• Ensure you regularly change the filter on central heat systems to prevent flow restriction.

• Know where your main water shut-off valve is located. In the lowest level of your house where the largest water pipe enters the home there is a shut-off valve. In the case of a burst pipe or other water related emergency, it is extremely important to know where this is. Please make sure all household members know the main shut-off valve.

• Ensure that your home temperature is always set to at least 60 degrees.

• DC law requires clearing snow and ice within 8 daylight hours after snow has stopped falling. Ensure sidewalks are clear.