In the winter, removing snow accumulation and property winterization is important to provide safe access to properties by maintenance crews, city inspectors, first responders, real estate agents and others who have legitimate business at a property. Safeguard maintains all walkways and driveways, per our client’s request and instruction, during the winter to assure safe access. Snow accumulation of three inches or higher is removed per investor guidelines, and surfaces are salted to prevent ice build-ups.
In cold climates, vacant properties are vulnerable to costly and serious damages from frozen and burst water lines. Safeguard winterizes all plumbing fixtures, inside and outside a home, including sinks and toilets, outdoor spigots, and dry, steam and radiant heat systems.
Safeguard contractors drain all water lines and use air compressors to assure that all water is blown out of the lines. Contractors also drain hot water tanks and pressure-test the system for possible leaks. Toilets are cleaned and flushed, and antifreeze is added to bowls and tanks. Antifreeze is poured into sink drains and traps. Stickers are applied to all winterized fixtures noting the date of winterization, providing Safeguard contact information, and advising that the fixtures cannot function without a proper de-winterization.
Whenever possible, utilities at a vacant property will be turned off. If a sump pump is present, electricity will remain on. All winterization services are supported with written and photo documentation and submitted to the client for review.