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Planning for winter in the Fall may seem like a hassle, but it can mean a world of difference when winter weather makes an appearance. For property owners, it’s important to set your building up for success and stop your pipes from freezing.  

Let’s look at some helpful tips from the nVent RAYCHEM Winter Experts on how you can prepare your house and “sleigh” Winter this year.  

Tips to Stop Your Pipes from Freezing  

Did you know indoor pipes can freeze, depending on temperatures, insulation, and placement in the building?  

It’s important to know where the main water shut-off valve is located in your building in case of an emergency. 

But what other steps can you take to protect your pipes? 

  • Insulate and heat trace exposed piping.  
  • Check that your attics, exterior walls, and other areas are properly insulated. 
  • Repair broken windows, ill-fitting doors, and other conditions that may increase heat loss. 
  • Keep exterior doors closed, even if not in the immediate vicinity of piping. 
  • Maintain a temperature of at least 40°F (4°C) under any condition. 
  • If the building must be left unattended for an extended period, be sure to shut off water lines and drain all pipes (except for sprinkler systems, which should be maintained by qualified technicians only). 

Prevent Icicles and Ice Dams on Your Roof  

A strong roof and gutter de-icing system is an effective method to address the problem of ice damming and mitigate the risks.  

Below are some tips to reduce the formation of icicles, ice dams, and meltwater which can re-enter a building and cause damage.  

  • Check for and repair/replace missing, damaged, or warped shingles. This is often a sign that you have experienced ice buildup on your roof in past years.  
  • Check for and repair/replace deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, and skylights and around vent pipes. 
  • Inspect gutters and downspouts for proper fastening as the weight of snow and ice can pull gutters off the house. 
  • Remove debris from all gutters and storm drains. 

A long weekend of inspecting your home or building for potential winter threats and making necessary repairs can reduce stress when weather patterns pick up. Winter is already here for some states. Are you ready? 

Download our free guide with these tips (and more!) today.  

If you are looking for more guidance on how you can protect your home during harsh winters, connect with an nVent RAYCHEM Winter Expert now.