w/ Keiper Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
Baby, it’s cold outside…but it shouldn’t be inside your home! Winter weather can be problematic for a number of reasons, and unfortunately, your plumbing and heating are not immune to the cold. Luckily, Keiper Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning was willing to lend a few helpful hints to prevent and address some of the biggest challenges caused by chilly temperatures.
Whether you’ve been using your heat regularly or have spent much of the fall resisting the urge to fire up the furnace, make sure you have your heating system serviced if you haven’t already done so. Heat trouble is one of the most frequent problems that the Keiper team encounters this time of year, and issues can often be addressed before an emergency situation arises. By taking the time to complete this simple but necessary bit of maintenance, you can avoid being caught without heat when you really need it. If you heat your home with oil and/or propane, remember to check those levels and fill your tanks early. Aside from the obvious physical discomfort, a lack of heat can quickly lead to other problems.
We’ve all heard horror stories about frozen pipes, but do you know how to prevent them? For starters, crawl spaces should be completely sealed off from the outside. One simple way to check for gaps is to turn off the lights in the crawl space and look for any daylight entering the space. Crawl spaces should also have a source of heat in order to maintain a minimum temperature of 34-36 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so keeping all temperatures consistently above freezing will help prevent frozen pipes. In the rest of the house, thermostats should be set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. You’re probably thinking, “Of course my house will be warmer than 55!” But if you’ll be away from home for any period of time throughout the winter, don’t overlook this step. You’ll also want to do your best to ensure that pipes have access to heat, specifically those on exterior walls. For these pipes that are inside cabinets, leave cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach the pipes and reduce the threat of freezing. There is also the risk of frozen drains, especially those that are not used frequently. You can help prevent these drain lines from freezing with RV antifreeze.
While doing-it-yourself is great when possible, don’t be afraid to contact a licensed plumber when issues arise. From Blakeslee to Bartonsville and beyond, Keiper Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning provides the very best in customer service to Pocono residents and business owners. Plus, Keiper’s team of experienced plumbers and HVAC technicians are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to solve even the toughest emergencies. For more information on the many services Keiper Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning offers, visit www.keiperplumbing.com or call 570-646-3222. Stay warm!
By Jamie Marra