9 tips to prevent frost damage to your home and garden

These 9 tips will help you make your home winter ready and prevent frost damage

It won’t be long now until the cold winter really starts to get going. In some places, snow has already started to fall and frost has raised its icy head as well. After a hot summer, the forecasts say that the cold temperatures are here to stay for a while. That’s why it’s a good idea to protect your home and garden from frost damage and make them winter ready with these nine tips.

You can prevent frost damage with these nine tips.

1. Outdoor faucet

One of the first things to do is to make your outdoor faucets winter ready. Remove any hoses that are still attached to them and drain any residual water out of them. Put away the hoses. Leaving them outside can cause them to rip due to the cold. Now, locate the inside shutoff valve for your outdoor faucets – it’s probably located near the main water shutoff valve. Turn off the water supply to the outside faucet at the shutoff valve. Now go outside and open the faucet. Some water will drain out. Leave the faucet open.

2. Toilet

Older homes often have pretty bad insulation. That’s why it’s important to make your toilet winter ready. With extreme frost, your toilet bowl could actually freeze and then break. Put a handful of salt in the toilet bowl as well as in the drain of the wash basin. This helps to prevent freezing. Flush the toilet so the water reservoir is empty and drain the water pipe.

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