Winter Plumbing & Heating Tips

The temperatures have been dropping rapidly, the first snow has already fallen, and it’s becoming clear; Winter is on its way. When the cold weather arrives, it brings additional concerns about your plumbing and heating systems. Taking preventative measures to ensure your plumbing and heating systems are safe, and working properly this season can save you money. Check out our tips below!

Make Sure Vents are Clear of Snow

When big storms come this winter and snow starts to pile up, it’s important to make sure you clear outside vents. If you have natural gas, a vent blocked by snow could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home. Since carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas, it can be difficult to detect- but toxic nonetheless. Double check all vents, exchanges, and gas regulators to ensure they are cleared and air can move through.

Avoiding Frozen Pipes

  • Keep the Heat on

If you’re planning on leaving your home for a significant period of time, you should still leave the heat on. While it may seem counterintuitive to leave your heat on when no one is home, it can save you a huge mess (and repair bill) if your pipes were to freeze and burst. You don’t have to keep it on as high as you normally would, but somewhere above 50 degrees is a good rule of thumb. This should be warm enough to prevent water in the pipes from freezing. Don’t forget to check the batteries in your thermostats.

  • Allow Faucet to Drip

Another way to avoid pipes freezing when it gets extremely cold is to leave the faucet dripping slightly. This helps to relieve pressure in the system, which is what could cause the pipe to burst once frozen. A small, constant stream is enough to prevent the pipes from freezing.

  • Add Insulation

Pipes that are in your basement or attic may require a little extra insulation to protect them from freezing. If you have any concerns about insulating or protecting your plumbing or heating systems from freezing, call Al Terry Plumbing and Heating.

Contact Al Terry Plumbing & Heating

If plumbing issues such as a frozen pipe should occur this winter, call in the experts from Al Terry! Give us a call at 603.485.4205 for 24-hour emergency services!

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