It's Cold Out There! A Bend Oregon Home Inspector's guide to surviving the bitter cold!
- Open cabinet doors under sinks in bathrooms, utility rooms and the kitchen. Doing This will allow the heated air in the home to keep pipes just a little warmer.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed to insulate from the cold, unless the window is in direct sunlight.
- Make sure your crawl space vents are sealed with foam insulation blocks to protect your crawl space from the cold. You can buy inexpensive foam blocks (if you don’t have them) from your local home improvement store. Click here to see some samples.
- Make sure all your exterior hose bibs are protected from the cold. Disconnect any garden hoses that are attached to your faucets. Properly installed frost free faucets should be OK, but if you see any constant dripping contact a plumber immediately while also insulating them from the cold. If you’re not sure your exterior faucets are frost free you can always cover them with insulators that are availble through local home improvement stores. Click here to see a sample.
- Even though this isn't home related - be sure to check the antifreeze in all your vehicles (don’t forget tractors and OHVs if you have them). If you’re not sure how to test antifreeze you can take your vehicle to any oil change retailer, or click here for an instructional video about how to test antifreeze on your own.
- If you have any questions about these tips or home inspections in general give Lance a call!
Lance has a lifetime of experience that he brings to every home inspection. Raised in a ranching family by Central Oregon natives, he can’t remember a time that he wasn't fixing, building, repairing or remodeling something. His decades of hands-on experience include knowledge in almost every aspect of construction including home building, remodeling, heavy construction, irrigation, even landscaping and more. Lance is a licensed, certified and bonded Oregon Home Inspector.