Steps to Winterize Your Kitchen

Winterizing your kitchen is a whole other beast. However, the concept does remain the same when you have to drain things. You’ll be at your sink to drain all of the water out. The kitchen is the heart of your home because that’s where you store your food, clean your dishes, and make sure you have clean running water. It’s essential that you winterize this part of the house because winter time can lead to bad pipes or some corrosion due to the cold weather. Here are some steps to help you winterize your kitchen.

Checking Your Pipes

One of the first things you need to do is actually go underneath your sink and see the shade of vault that has a pipe or hose running to the faucet. Either way, you’re in good shape because the water will drain out. However, if you have a newer home, your hose maybe flexible. These types of hoses have become popular but a lot of times they are too long and the plumber will make a loop. During the winter time, this may be difficult draining all the water. The same thing goes for your faucet. You’ll want to unravel that loop so you can get all of the water out. This will make draining a lot easier when you begin to winterize your kitchen.

Checking the Trap and the Refrigerator

Just like your bathroom, the trap is pretty much the same process. You want to displace the water at a 50-50 solution (minimum). If your kitchen has a dishwasher, the best thing to do is to disconnect the water underneath. You’ll leave the power on while you still have the electricity running. Disconnect the water and run the pump to get the water out of your system. Remember, you don’t want to leave any water inside the pump in the inner workings of your dishwasher. The refrigerator is next and you must do a thorough cleaning job as well. First, you’ll turn off all the power  and then open, clean, and take out all food and condiments. Prop your door open. You want to make sure that no mildew or mold grows into the fridge.

Remove Everything From Your Cabinets

If you have food items in your cabinets, remove it from there. Remember, anything that can freeze or contain liquids, they may not be any good if you come back. Please make sure to get all the dry foods, flour, and sugar. Seal them in a bag or in a metal container. Mice will become a problem with all your food out in the open especially in the winter time when they are looking for a warm area to stay. Be careful to ensure that you follow these specific steps to help winterize your kitchen safely. Additionally, you want to make sure that you don’t cause a safety hazard in your refrigerator and cause vermin to invade your home due to open food. Keep your kitchen in proper working order for the cold winter on the horizon.