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Avoid Expensive Repairs This Winter

Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

The colder months are coming and you’ve got to prepare your home to avoid costly repairs. Check the house for leak detection and areas you may need plumbing repairs. Here are a few things to look into to prepare your home:

Plumbing

Cold water freezes water shut offs and can cause pipes to burst. Install heat tape material to exposed water pipes where temperatures may drop below freezing.  Detach the outdoor hose so that water can drain from the pipes otherwise you may wake up to a busted faucet or the pipe the hose was connected to. Insulate your pipes which will shield them from the direct contact of this chilling winter.

Water Heater

Cold weather makes water heaters work harder to keep the water are room temperature. To take some of the burden off, it’s recommended to put an insulation blanket on the water heater. You should also insulate the pipes attached to your water heater.

In light of recent seismic activity we recommend strapping the water heater and install earthquake valves.

Furnace and Chimney

Get the most heat out of your furnace and chimney by making sure they’re running the best they can. A proper cleaning of the furnace filters and chimneys should be done before using them for winter months.  Some furnaces have filters so ensure they’re clean. Check to see if yours has a filter installed.

Seal Off Windows

Keep your home warmer naturally by sealing off leaks of windows. Use windows strips around the windows to create a natural insulation.

If you’ve run into plumbing problems or leaks inside your home that need repair, http://waterworks911.com/ will handle it. Take care of the items listed above before you end up with a bigger problem on your hands. Winter can be brutal for your home so make sure you take the necessary precautions to avoid disasters!

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