Off on vacation - winterize your home
Um Safeguarding your holiday during the winter or driving holiday apartments without damage over the cold period requires protection.
Preventing frost damage to the building services - heaters, water and electricity
If the apartment or holiday home is empty during the winter season must protect the building services against frost damage. The functionality of heating, water and electricity is threatened by cold. On the other hand, there is a lack of preparation for inefficient energy consumption.
If the house only stays empty for a few weeks, the owner of the house controls the heating to the frost protection position. The installation of radiator thermostats, which the master of the house adjusts by remote control, is equally sensible.
Caution: Even in an empty house, do not aim for lower temperatures than nine degrees. If the heating system is to spend the entire winter alone, instead of a few weeks, then drain off the water for frost protection.
Just as endangered as the water from the heating system are all other water connections in the house. The homeowner turns off the main water tap for frost protection reasons. In addition, water must not be in pipes. If it freezes, it may explode.
Since power in the absence remains unused, pull all the plugs. Eventually, even consultation with the public utilities will take place to turn off the power for the set period of time altogether. The homeowner should remember that the refrigerator and freezer defrost in the course of this. Therefore, take measures against the condensation.
Mold protection in winter - insulated, leakproof and well ventilated
In a cold and not regularly ventilated house, the risk of mold increases in the cold months. A perimeter insulation of the facade can be worthwhile. Also recommended: The sealing of windows and doors. In addition to moisture and heat protection, this measure also ensures pest protection. Especially when the house is empty for longer, unwanted guests often await the homeowner without any countermeasures.
In the sealed and insulated house, the landlord must additionally ventilate the mold to avoid mold. If the house is empty during the winter, a ventilation system with remote control can provide for air exchange. If you decide against this option, acquaintances should ask them to ventilate regularly.
In addition to mold, the regular air exchange prevents moldy pieces of upholstered furniture. If you also cover cabinets and tables with a foil, dedusting is saved on return. To prevent damage to plasma screens, store them separately and pack well against frost.
Protecting the Outside - Balcony and Anti-Burglary
No-one wants to come home from the holidays in the south after the winter and find a break-in. Similarly, a landlord would like to discover after the cold time a slump in the month-end vacant weekend house. Therefore take protective measures against break-ins during longer absence. This includes the installation of electric shutters, which block when closed and make it difficult to break-in. Also motion detectors keep burglars off. However, the installation of an outdoor alarm system is and remains the safest way.
In order to avoid thefts in the outdoor area, the host will bring all the furniture on the balcony, terrace and in the garden before leaving. Even a chain can secure against theft, from pests, snow and frost damage, the furniture is then not protected. Just like pieces of furniture, plants require a number of protective measures. The resident leaves the garden winter-proof. Frost-sensitive plants overwinter indoors.
Winterizing a house or apartment - an eye for detail
In order to winterize a vacant house, the homeowner needs an eye for detail. A full water pipe can already provide unpleasant surprises after the cold months. Therefore, it is advisable to go home packed with a checklist and check all corners for frost protection.