Every now and then temperatures are known to drop in our area. There are simple steps you can take to protect your home in case of a freeze. If temperatures drop below 32 degrees you need to prevent your homes pipes from breaking. Ben Franklin of Long Horn Maintenance suggests the following:
- Wrap all your outside water pipes: faucets, main water pipes, sprinkler vacuum breaker, etc. You can purchase covers or use towels and blankets to cover exposed exterior pipes.
- Drain and turn off your main valve to sprinkler vacuum breaker – then cover them.
- Take measures to protect your pool pump and motor from freezing
- Run a stream of water on your inside faucets especially any with plumbing on an outside wall.
- Periodically flush your toilets.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks in your house to help warm air reach the pipes.
- Turn your thermostats up higher during the cold to help heat the home better.
- Know where your main water valve is to shut your water off in case of broken pipes.
“The interior of your home should be comfortable and safe” says Larry Abbott of Abbott Contracting Here are some of the things that should be checked:
- Look for and repair leaking faucets, shower valves and leaking toilets. You can waste thousands of gallons of water a year and a lot of money by not repairing the leaks.
- Examine water heater valves and connections, plumbing fixtures and shutoff valves, for signs of corrosion or mold.
- Check all windows and doors to make sure they aren’t leaking air. Examine weather stripping around doors and windows for tears and wear. Inspect them to make sure the caulking is in good condition.
- Look for cracks or stains on ceilings which may indicate a roof leak or foundation movement.
- Inspect the attic vents make sure they are not plugged from animals, birds or bees nests.
- Regularly replace air conditioning filters will extend the life and efficiency of your central air system. Changing filters will keep your unit cleaner and family healthier during the winter months by reducing the amount of dust inside your home. Check that the drain pan is free of debris. If you have water purification filters remember to replace those filters also.
Abbot adds that, “Routine care will ensure your home’s beauty and durability as well as make it comfortable and safe for you and your family.”
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