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5 Tips For Upcoming Freezing Weather

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 @ 02:50 PM

This week the weather is predicted to be bitter freezing cold with temperatures at or near 0 degrees at night!

Here are a few fast tips designed to help you avoid a freeze-up that would ultimately result in no water to a fixture or a burst pipe when temperatures rise.

  1. Allow water to run in a slow stream from any faucet that is piped on an outside wall or unheated space.
    1. Drafts at single digit temperatures and lower can cause a pipe to freeze.  Running water can prevent freezing.
  2. Open cabinets under vanities in colder areas of your home so that the warmth of the room will extend to the piping..
  3. Do not lower or setback the thermostat for your heating system.
    1. Your boiler or furnace will have to run harder and longer to recover when outside temperatures are frigid and might not catch up to the setting you desire. Don't turn the heat down!
  4. Have a neighbor or relative check your home if you are a winter snowbird, on vacation or away for business.
  5. Do you have outside hose faucets? Be sure that you've had your outside hose faucets winterized, turned off and drained.

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Deep Freeze - Water Line Alert

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Sun, Dec 31, 2017 @ 04:50 PM

It hasn't been this cold in a very long time!

Here are some hints to save you money and aggravation... 

The past month has sported an over-burdened calendar with entries to remind us to order gifts, grocery lists, greeting cards, family holiday plans and such.

And at the start of December, I seem to recall having to ask my husband if I needed a coat as I was getting ready to leave the house with him. So, to say the least, the weather had been much warmer earlier in the month that it has been the past few days. BUT...

5 Tips On Preventing Frozen Pipes

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 @ 07:21 AM

Frozen Pipes....no one likes to even think about what we call in the trade "a freeze-up" but it does happen. While the expression, 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' may sound trivial, truer words were never said.

It appears that Mother Nature has multiple personality disorder as the seasons have been peculiar, and it's been warmer than usual in the late fall, and cooler in the early spring.

December of 2015 has been thus far the warmest December in many decades. Some say it's got to do with El Nino, while others tout Global Warming and Climate Change. Others dispute it all together, But it's happened before, and will likely happen again when weather is extraordinary and unusual for a particular time of year.

Here are some things to keep in mind as we approach freezing weather...


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