Weatherization tips

Here’s some great weatherization tips as the winter months approaches.  These recommended steps are can help you prevent your home or apartment’s pipes from freezing.  We recommend that you begin weatherizing your home or apartment after the first of November. Winters can be pretty cold in La Grande.

The tenant is responsible for winterizing their home:

Here’s are a few useful tips for you to consider in order to prevent any plumbing emergencies:

  • Remove all hoses that are connected to outside faucets.
  • Shut off the outside faucets’ valves. They are usually located under a sink or in the garage or crawlspace. Then, turn on outside faucets to drain the lines.
  • Maintain indoor heat to a minimum of 50 degrees in freezing weather. This includes the interior of pump houses for homes on a well. It is recommended that you use a space heater in your pump house.
  • Open the cabinet doors under the kitchen and bathroom sinks during especially cold nights.
  • If you leave your home vacant, it’s recommended that you have your faucets to slowly drip each night.
  • Drain exposed pipes (outdoors and not underground) or wrapped the to prevent freezing.
  • For homes with crawlspaces, please ensure that all exterior crawlspace vents and access points are closed.
  • If you will be away from your home during a time when freezing weather is a possibility (ex. Holiday travelers), please leave with your home prepared for the coldest weather possible, and ask a friend/neighbor to check on your house after especially cold nights.

In case of frozen or broken pipes:

Turn the water off at the main shut off valve immediately. This may be located at the street in front of the house, or inside the home where the water enters from the street or well. If water is gushing, please call any plumber yourself immediately. You can also request emergency assistance by calling the local water company (numbers below) during business hours. In the event of an emergency, contact John Howard & Associates Property Management AFTER you’ve contacted a plumber, or if you are having trouble contacting one. The phone number to contact us in an emergency is 541-663-7187.

Note that if your property has not been appropriately winterized, you will be responsible for any water damage and damage caused to plumbing. Please follow these steps to ensure your home is ready for winter. Contact us or your local public works office if you have any questions.