Since we are in the middle of an extreme cold weather system I thought I share with you some information on home safety in this kind of environment.
The first thing home owners worry about during extreme cold weather is frozen water pipes so here are a few tips or precautions you can take to avoid any damages.
- Outside faucets that are dripping or leaking should be repaired prior to the winter season
- Disconnect outside water hoses otherwise they will freeze and expand and damage the hose as well as outside faucets and connecting pipes
- If you are going to be away from home during the winter it is a good idea to turn off the main water supply to the house. Be sure to set the furnace to a minimum 10 degrees celsius
- If you have any pipes running along outside walls make sure they are insulated or allow the hot and cold water to trickle over night
- If you have pipes running in an unheated area such as a crawl space add insulation such as heat tape or thermostat controlled heat cables
- If you have discovered frozen pipes be sure to shut off the main water supply
- If the frozen pipe is exposed use a hair dryer or space heater to thaw the ice blockage. DO NOT use an open flame
- After they are thawed examine pipes for any leakage. Even if you don’t find any leaks you should have a professional plumber inspect the pipes that were frozen
Have you ever noticed that your heating system only breaks down or it isn’t working to its capacity when you’re in a deep freeze? Always make sure your heating system has a regular maintenance plan to ensure it is working properly. This will help you avoid a possible break down. Also make sure your furnace filters are cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. You should also clean your warm air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Also make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpet or draperies. One more thing, don’t forget to have any wood burning device cleaned and inspected before the cold weather arrives.
So snuggle up, stay warm, and have a hot toddy. It won’t last forever!
Please feel free to share any tips of your own.