How to De-Winterize Your Home

Spring’s just around the corner and that means warmer weather, more time outside and better environment for lake activities! It also means taking a few hours to de-winterize your home for the season. Here’s a few things to make sure you cover all your bases and are able to enjoy your home as much as possible during the warmer months.

If you recently purchased a home that’s stood vacant throughout the colder months, you’ll probably need to start with the plumbing system:

  • Start with removing all the aerators from the sink, allowing any build-up to drain
  • Next, turn on the supply lines to each faucet below the sink, as well as to the refrigerator and ice maker.
  • Then, open the supply valves to the water heater
  • Finally, re-open the water meter/main to the house itself. However, be sure to do this slowly, as a large influx of water pressure can cause damage to the pipes in your home and lead to breakage and leaks. Try going about a quarter of a turn every 5 seconds – it may take a bit longer than simply opening the valve wide-open, but it will save you headaches in the long run.
  • Once you confirm that the water heater is filling, you can go ahead and start turning on the faucets around the house. This allows any air to get out of the line (expect some sputtering in the flow) as well as any sediment that has gathered. Once the sputtering stops, you can turn off the faucets and you’ll be good to go!



  • Some people apply plastic insulation to the windows – be sure remove this, as well as clean the inside and outside surfaces of the windows, allowing you see your beautiful lake view.
  • Additionally, double check any caulking and weather stripping. This not only kept the warm air in during the winter, but will help keep the cool air in during the summer – saving you money on your electrical bill.



  • Inspect the Foundation: Though this year’s winter wasn’t particularly harsh, it is always a good idea to take a look at the foundation of your home for any cracks or shifting, as this can lead to a wet basement during times of rain.
  • Clean the Gutters: As they say: “April showers bring May flowers.” But those showers also often drop a lot of debris into your gutters. Make sure your gutters are clear of any build up from the fall and winter – and make sure to check them regularly in the coming months.
  • Inspect the Roof: While you’re up on the ladder for the gutters, it would behoove you to take a look at the roof for any damage. Like the foundation, harsh winters can cause problems which can lead to leaks.

Keeping these things in mind will help you have a happy, headache-free spring and summer.

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