Protect Your Home by Preventing Freezing Pipes
Horn is a family-owned and -operated company that has provided home winterization services in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania since 1981. Winterization is a process through which we prepare a home for the harsh conditions that occur during winter. We’ll have a licensed inspector assess your home and develop a winterization plan. Each plan is unique to that particular home, but the typical plan will encompass the landscape, roof, gutters, building envelope, plumbing system, insulation, heating system, cooling system, chimneys, fireplaces, and major appliances.
Our team can winterize a home that you intend to live in throughout the winter. We also winterize homes that will be unoccupied and can also prepare the home in advance of your return.
The Importance of Home Winterization
The most important reason to have a home winterized is to avoid frozen pipes. Water pipes are particularly susceptible to freezing. Frozen pipes are a major inconvenience but can also result in significant damage. When water freezes, it expands, and that expansion can lead to a rupture that causes substantial water damage. Home winterization also protects against a wide range of other plumbing issues, including those related to your major appliances, such as refrigerators and washing machines. Winterization also ensures that your home remains at a safe temperature throughout the winter while minimizing your energy consumption and therefore your costs.
Protect Your Major Appliances
If you plan to be away for the winter and therefore not use your major appliances, our home winterization services give you peace of mind that those significant investments will be protected. Our team will unplug any devices that do not need to be powered throughout the winter. We’ll also shut off the valves for all gas appliances. With refrigerators and freezers, it is necessary to defrost them properly and prop them open in order to avoid the growth of mildew or mold. We will also drain any appliances that hold water, such as freezers, refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters. When we return to prepare your home for your arrival, we’ll plug in all of your major appliances, reenable all gas connections, and ensure that all appliances that hold water are primed.
Winterizing Your Outdoor Hose Bibbs
Outdoor hose bibs are often overlooked by homeowners when it comes to home winterization, and it’s not enough just to roll up and store your garden hose. Failing to drain outdoor hose bibbs and disable the water supply can result in frozen pipes that lead to burst pipes and water damage inside the home. Our team will locate and disable all of the shut-off valves for your outdoor bibbs. We’ll disable all indoor valves. The next step will be to detach, drain, and store any hoses. Finally, we’ll ensure that all spigots are fully open, which will allow them to drain and avoid any pressure buildup in the pipes.
Trust Horn For All Home Winterization Services
Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing
Insulate Your Home for Winter
The home winterization process is an excellent opportunity to evaluate your home’s insulation and make any upgrades if necessary. Whether you plan to live in the home throughout winter or will be away, investing in insulation can make a significant difference in energy efficiency and thus save you money. The key areas that we will assess include your attic, windows, entry doors, major appliances, exterior walls, foundation walls, attached garages, basements, and crawl spaces. Attics are easy to overlook and thus a common culprit when it comes to home winterization issues. Windows and doors are a leading cause of energy loss in most homes. Major appliances like water heaters and furnaces should also have seasonal maintenance performed in order to ensure efficient operation throughout the winter.
Choose Horn for Home Winterization
Horn has more than 40 years of experience winterizing homes in Pennsylvania, and our services will give you peace of mind that your home will be protected and energy efficient throughout the harsh winter months. Call us today at 1-610-363-4200 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the home winterization services that we offer.