Flushing the toilet seems so mundane until the waste water backs up and starts spilling over the rim. Drain and sewer clogs can cause inconvenience, a smelly house, and even a noxious mess. Reducing or eliminating the risk of these clogs is the best way to keep them from happening.
If the dropping temperatures are any indication, your Massachusetts home is probably beginning to get cold right about now. If you want to stay safe, save money and prevent problems, you suggest that you follow some of our favorite winter home protection tips:
Add Weatherstripping Around Doors and Windows
Replace the Air Filter
When the furnace’s air filter is clogged up, the system won’t work as efficiently and you’ll waste energy. Replacement of the filter will keep the air flowing, and should be done every one to three months, as needed.
Wrap Exposed Pipes
Exposed pipes are susceptible to bursting due to their lack of protection from the air. Protect these pipes by sliding inexpensive insulation sleeves over them.
Schedule a Service Call
The furnace or other heating equipment should be serviced by a professional HVAC technician once a year. This will help maintain its efficiency and catch any potential problems with the system.
Check the Roof
A heavy snowfall can damage your home’s roof, costing you a pretty penny in some cases. Prevent this by calling a contractor to check the roof’s resilience.
When it gets especially cold outside, open up cabinet doors where pipes are located and leave them open. This will allow heat to get close to the pipes and help keep them from freezing.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Switching to a programmable thermostat will help you wrestle control over heating costs by giving you a way to set the days and times during which the heating equipment is in operation.
Turn On Faucets
Although wasting water is never the best strategy, keeping a trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to unprotected pipes will prevent freezing when you’re unprepared for a snap of cold weather.
For more expert winter home protection tips, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.
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