It may be warm for fall in Indiana, but it WILL get colder. If you don’t leave the heat on (and take some additional steps) when you leave for the break, you may end up with frozen water in your pipes, which can cause massive and expensive damage to your off-campus rental.
Follow these tips for winterizing your off-campus rental while you are away for the semester break:
- Leave your heat on and set it to at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Your lease terms, or separate instructions from the landlord may provide more specifics on how to leave your rental when you leave for the break.
- Make sure your windows and doors are closed and properly sealed.
- Leave cabinet doors open to allow the heat to reach the pipes.
- Leave a small stream of water running in your faucets while you’re away.
- If you have a friend in Bloomington over the break, have them check in on your rental while you’re away to make sure the heat is still on.
- Notify the landlord that you will be away, and again, make sure you follow instructions for winterizing your rental.
Note: If your pipes freeze and burst while you’re away, and you have failed to winterize, you may be responsible for paying to fix the damages.