Tuesday, February 1, 2011

When your home is in a deep freeze.

With the cold snap that hit Colorado and a large part of the US this week I thought it might be appropriate to give a few tips to deal with the cold temperatures and protect the important systems in your home.
  1. Make sure your furnace is in good working order, which includes: a clean filter, available on sale at your local Ace Hardware; annual maintenance and servicing by a reputable contractor; setting temperatures no lower than 55 degrees F.
  2. Be sure your water supply pipes are protected from freezing.  Any pipes that are near the foundation wall above the frost line (usually the top 18” -36”) should be protected with insulation or heat tape.
  3. Protect all outside faucets and sprinkler system components.  Sprinkler systems should be winterized by mid-October.  Be sure to disconnect all hoses from outside faucets.  Protect outside faucets and back flow devices.
  4. Be careful of isolating areas of your home to save energy, you may inadvertently cause yourself a problem.  If you’ve closed off any heating registers in your basement or crawlspace you may want to open those up when temperatures are extremely low.
  5. Be sure any ice melt products you use on your brick, stone or concrete paths will not cause damage, read the product labels carefully. Another important step, when using ice melt, is to clean it up afterward.
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