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January 6 2015

Posted by Damon Jones on

Here comes another "January Freeze", wow, two years in a row we've had a deep, hard freeze heading our way the first week of January. Temperatures are projected to be below freezing for several hours, along with projected wind chills in the single digits. If you have any concerns about pipes freezing or keeping your home warm and comfortable, hopefully these tips will help.

To prevent your pipes from freezing - LET THE WATER RUN. Follow these examples, and hopefully you will have no issues.

Disconnect all garden hoses from the hose bibs, let the hose bibs drip, about the size of a #2 pencil lead.

If you have plumbing adjacent to exterior walls, open up the cabinets. This will allow warm air to circulate in the cabinet area. Turn on the faucet and let it drip, again about the size of a #2 pencil lead.

Open up a tub/shower valve and let it drip.

The idea here is to keep the water flowing throughout your system. If a faucet or hose bib should still "freeze", leave the valve open until it thaws.

If you have vacant property, turn the water off at the meter, open up all faucets and hose bibs, and turn off water heater. If the water heater is gas, make sure to turn off the gas cock. If the property has a working heat source, make sure it's operational. Set the thermostat around 65 and you should be fine.

To keep your home warm during the next few days try this. Turn up your thermostat a degree or two higher than normal. Do this starting this evening so that your home can build up some additional warmth. Try to keep doors and windows shut as much as possible. The goal here is to keep the "heat" contained within the living space. Its going to be cold and windy, and your home may not feel as warm as it does normally. Keep blankets handy, layer your clothing and stay inside as much as possible. Your HVAC system will be working hard the next few days, and in extreme weather conditions, factoring in all conditions, your unit may not satisfy the thermostat the same way it does during normal weather.

Hope these tips help.