Although some work orders will dictate that you perform a winterization on the hottest summer day of the year, HUD regulations specify winterization dates for properties in all states. Well maybe not always dates, sometimes the winterization schedule depends on other factors such as the property’s elevation above sea level.
Winterization Dates or Schedules
The following is taken from Mortgagee Letter 2010-18:
“This Mortgagee Letter and its attachment (Exhibits A and B) supersede Mortgagee Letter 2008-31 (and its attachment) in its entirety.”
A literal translation of this sentence directly from the latest Mortgagee Letter directs all of us to erase all previous standards and procedures from our memories and now follow the new procedures in this Mortgagee Letter. So, here is HUD’s new rule concerning winterization; again taken directly from their Mortgagee Letter 2010-18:
“G. Winterization Requirements:
Properties are to be winterized between October 1 and March 31, unless, climatic conditions require earlier and extended winterization treatment periods. Properties should only be winterized once. However, a property should be re-winterized if the initial winterization is no longer effective. The winterization process must include cleaning toilets and a complete draining of all plumbing and heating systems. The mortgagee is responsible for any damage to plumbing and heating systems, including sump pumps and wells, caused by untimely, inadequate, or improper maintenance or winterization.”