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How to Winterize your house

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Mark Saunders Signature Real Estate LLC As a full time property manager I get asked all the time by property owners "what is the best way to protect my vacant house during the winter months" The answer is to do a full winterize on it. In this video I show you step by step how to do just that. Please note that we do not blow out the lines and depending on where you live that might be a good idea. Please note that I am a property manager not a plumber. This is how we winterize our vacant rental property and we have not had any problems but the only way to be sure your property is completely winterized is to hire a professional. Use at your own risk. Mark Saunders is a full time Realtor and Property Manager in Winston Salem NC. All views expressed are those of Mark. Please feel free to express your option or feedback below or email Mark at mark@or visit Signature Real Estate website at Please note that due to the ever-changing environment of Real Estate that opinions, data, best practices, and price change over time. Please note the date this video was made and that this information could have become irrelevant. ***Be sure to subscribe***

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Написал: Mark Saunders, 05.12.2011, 19:06

@al200507 Its not ideal because it is harder on a house to be vacant. If it is vacant a long time it could cause some minor issues. The big risk you run when your home is vacant is it is much more likely to be broken into or vandalized. That is why most home owners insurance policy's will drop your insurance if the house is vacant for more then 3 months.
Написал: Mark Saunders, 27.09.2011, 13:01

First of all I don't blow out lines I add antifreeze to the ptraps but check out and search for winterize sprinkler system and the first items should be what you are looking for. Thanks for the question!
Написал: MrStuer, 20.04.2012, 00:12

Thanks! This relly helps.
Написал: Mark Saunders, 08.10.2012, 01:20

Sorry I don't know if I understand your question. Why type of house is it (Slab, crawlspace, basement, etc) or is it just a house in FL?
Написал: Mark Saunders, 01.11.2012, 22:45

Great I hope the video helps! Congrats on your new home
Написал: Mark Saunders, 21.01.2012, 18:33

@davidangelmorin what would you like to know? I would suggest you start by finding out which agents do the most REO (foreclose) business in your area and start marketing to them. Most of the times the agents are responsible for the clean outs.
Написал: Kevin Rattle, 01.03.2011, 12:39

Do you only winterize your own properties, or you winterize for banks? How did you get started?Good video, thanks
Написал: Blake121065, 10.12.2011, 17:39

Thank you very informative video. Having said that I will be leaving my property for a couple months, located in NW IN by lake MI. My plan is to winterize my home via an outside hose bib using an air compressor. I have a gas boiler, gas hot water heater, well pump, diamphram tank. I will drain as much water out of all mentioned then my plan is to hook up air compressor to outside bib, 30 psi to start, open up farthest faucet. Do you see any problem with my plan?
Написал: Mark Saunders, 22.10.2011, 15:09

@34ferret - Good question - Not much you just want to use enough to fill the p-trap. To get an idea look under your kitchen or bathroom sink. That pipe that looks like a P is the p-trap. You just want to make sure the water that is left in the P does not freeze.
Написал: Mark Saunders, 19.07.2012, 17:35

Thanks that really depends on your area. It does not take long to do so normally its around $25-$35.
Написал: pbghmike77, 24.10.2011, 19:56

@marksrealestate I am going to be winterizing some foreclosures this week for a lady that manages bank owned homes. They require the plumbing lines be completely blown out. I'm familiar with plumbing and compressors etc. Any suggestions?
Написал: Helping Hands, 21.10.2011, 19:17

How much antifreeze do you put in each p-trap or drain? Great video!
Написал: Mark Saunders, 25.11.2012, 21:05

Sorry you did not like the video. This is how I have my vendors winterize houses here in NC for years and as far as I know I have never had a pipe bust. Thanks for the comment though.
Написал: KentPS1, 23.01.2012, 22:43

@davidangelmorin What state do you live in?
Написал: NCHollop, 19.07.2012, 17:27

What is a fair price to charge for a 1000 sq. ft. home winterization? Thanks for the video.
Написал: al200507, 05.12.2011, 18:54

Since you have the heat cut off is this safe for the house?
Написал: Maria Sobol, 01.11.2012, 17:53

Thanks, my wife and I need to DE-winterize a newly purchased home so we are going to follow your video in reverse.
Написал: RamBow Mike, 20.11.2012, 02:53

This has to be about the lamest winterization video I have ever seen. This guy doesn't even show how to blow out the water lines. If you listen to this guy, you are guaranteed frozen, burst, busted water lines. Blowing out the water lines with an air compressor is mandated, or you will have burst water lines.
Написал: 07bouche, 27.09.2011, 03:22

where can i can buy the hose you use from the compressor to the spigot to blow out all the water from the pipes?
Написал: Mark Saunders, 01.03.2011, 18:43

Thanks for the comment. We only winterize properties that we manage or have listed for sale. I am a licensed real estate broker and have been doing full time property management for over 6 years.
Написал: davidangelmorin, 24.01.2012, 15:11

Написал: elguerodelasvacas, 16.02.2012, 20:02

hablas mucho!
Написал: Mark Saunders, 20.04.2012, 00:14

No problem! Thanks for the comment!
Написал: Chelsea Hall, 09.02.2013, 21:36

This video has a lot of helpful info, but not a true "how to," since the property is already winterized and there is no step by step of blowing the lines, pressure testing, pouring available traps with antifreeze, etc.
Написал: Mark Saunders, 24.10.2011, 22:24

@pbghmike77 I don't blow out the lines but if I did I would use something like this to do it. Go to amazon and search for winterize sprinkler system the first item that comes back is a fitting that will help you blow out the lines. Be sure to keep an eye on your PSI because if you add to much you can bust the pipes. Do a search on the different kinds of pipes (copper, pex, galvanized, etc) and get an idea on the type of psi you should use. I hope that helps!