With record snow and low temperatures in St George, in Salt Lake City this year we’ve experienced some records of our own.
100 days of 100+ degree temperature this summer.
January 2013 we saw record low temperatures. Frozen pipes and many furnaces not keeping homes warm enough.
And now comes December 2013.
VERY low temperatures again and frozen pipes are all too common.
Here are some tips to keep your home warm and avoid some freezing pipes:
Clean or Replace your furnace filter. A dirty filter restricts air flow which will cause the furnace to overheat and shut off. A clean filter keeps your furnace running smoothly and efficiently.
Open the cabinet doors under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Many sinks are adjacent to the outside wall. By opening your cabinet doors, heat from the house will keep the water lines warm.
Remove the hoses from your outside hose faucets.
Running water will not freeze so turn a faucet on just a small amount and let it run. I know it’s wasteful but cheaper than repairing frozen pipes.
If you’re leaving town for any extended time it’s also good to turn the main water valve off. If by chance the water lines do freeze and split while you’re gone, turning the valve off will prevent coming home to a flooded basement. Also note, if you turn your water off, be certain to turn the water heater gas valve to either the “off” or “pilot “setting while you’re gone.
If you have any questions, please call 801-262-4671
From Manwill Plumbing and Heating, we wish you and your family a Happy Holiday Season.