Insurance Services of Washington Blog
You know it's just around the corner. It gets a little colder and the first few flakes of snow arrive. You smell the scent of holiday treats and holiday tunes blast the airwaves. The holiday season means time spent with family. It means vacations and time off. It also means the winter is in full swing. If you will be taking time off and leaving your condo during winter, protect your unit from the cold weather. Here are some things you should do before leaving.
Clean very well
Spring is not the only season you should clean your home. Before leaving for an extended time, make sure to leave your home clean. If there are crumbs under the table or sofa, this can invite pests. If you leave spills unattended, this can stain or damage the surface.
Unplug your appliances
In cases of severe weather, this can help save your electrical system. Unplug your appliances and shut down water heaters at the breaker. This is especially true for your refrigerator. It is best to defrost and remove all food that will spoil. Avoid spills and mildew by keeping it dry, leaving the doors open, and removing the water filter.
Leave cabinet doors partially open
Keep air circulating around your condo. When you are there, you constantly open and close the cabinet doors when getting or returning stuff. This circulates the air inside the cabinets. If you will be out, keep the doors open for air to continuously circulate. This prevents mold and mildew formation.
Consider setting the thermostat
Always keep your heating well maintained. Regularly have it checked by professionals. If it is in great working condition, it can be useful to leave your thermostat at 55-60 degrees while you are away. It may increase your heating bill, but it does prevent your pipes from freezing and reduces the risk of bursts.
Turn off your main water supply
Any portion of your plumbing may fail while you are away. This can cause flooding within your condo. Reduce the risk of this by shutting off the main water supply. However, avoid pressure build ups by keeping faucets open and toilets drained.
Use Timers for Lights
If you have trusted neighbors, ask them to keep an eye on your unit while you are away. You can also use timers on lights and have them open every night. This gives an illusion that the condo is not empty.
You will enjoy your vacation more if you know your condo is safe and protected. At Insurance Services of Washington Inc., we work hard in making sure that our clients are well-protected with policies that they can afford. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (425) 868-1123 or Click Here to request a free quote.