Protect Your Pipes from the Cold Weather
January 18, 2022
As a reliable full-service comfort company we’ve seen it all, and so we know what can happen to a home’s plumbing system when the temperatures drop drastically. If you don’t tend to your pipes during the winter, you could be looking at costly water damage and plumbing repairs.
Most pipes are in basements, crawl spaces and other unheated areas – here’s what you can do to help protect them from the cold weather!
· Repair broken and cracked windows, doors and walls to keep air contained
· Install storm windows on basement windows for better protection
· Make sure exterior doors and windows close tightly
· Upgrade or replace old insulation in exterior walls
· Seal up crawl spaces to eliminate drafts
· Turn off the water to outdoor faucets, and remove hoses – draining the pipes first
· Insulate accessible pipes and the water meter – especially if they’re in an uninsulated garage or basement
If you do find yourself dealing with frozen pipes, and you catch it before it turns into a bigger mess, try using a hair dryer to thaw the pipes. Never use an open flame to thaw pipes, this could cause a fire!
And for those who own a getaway home in Moultonborough, Meredith or Center Harbor that you only visit during the warmer seasons, consider installing a Wi-Fi thermostat from Stafford! Using your smartphone, desktop computer or any other Wi-Fi-enabled device you can keep an eye on the temperature in your home away from home during winter – and reach us quickly if you find that the temperatures are not where they should be. Ask us today how a Wi-Fi thermostat can benefit you!
Remember, the most important thing you can do to keep your home warm is to ensure your heating system is working reliably and that your fuel tank is always full. Trust Stafford Oil & Propane for all of your home heating and fuel delivery needs! Call or contact us online to learn more or to become a customer.