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Heating and Plumbing Tips on How to Prepare for Winter

Nov 14, 2013 03:15PM ● Published by Ryan Frisch

As the winter months get closer and closer, it’s time to start seriously thinking about preparing for the cold and severe weather of New England. Here are 7 tips on how to prevent heating and plumbing problems that may arise this season.

General Maintenance: To avoid costly repairs remember to disconnect all garden hoses and drain your outside silcocks or faucets. Check for leaks and call before the system fails and shuts off completely.  Have your system cleaned and safety checked yearly to assure everything is working correctly. An ounce of prevention costs a lot less than major repairs.

Drippy Faucet or Toilet: Nothing is more irritating than a drippy faucet or toilet that runs constantly and it can also be extremely expensive if you use city water and damaging if you have a well. Make sure to check all faucets and toilets before it becomes a bigger problem.

Thermostat Check: Next time you walk by your programmable thermostat, check and see if the low battery is lit.  If so, change batteries in your thermostat. If your thermostat is not operating, you may find yourself with no heat when you most need it.

Severe Cold: To avoid frozen pipes, make sure dampers on the baseboard are open and keep the baseboard clear to aid in heat circulation in your home.  For those with warm air systems, be sure the filters are cleaned or replaced as clogged filters diminish heat flow and reduce efficiency.

Severe Weather: If weather threatens a loss of electricity you need to be prepared as private well pumps utilize electricity.  Keep a supply of bottled water for drinking and fill your bathtub with water. This water may be used to flush your toilet by pouring a pail of water into the bowl. Also be familiar as to where your main water shut off is in case it’s necessary to turn it off to prevent further damage.

Backup System: If you have no backup source for heat in your home, it can get uncomfortable in a very short period of time. If the power is out for an extended period, you could also experience frozen and burst water or heating pipes. Most systems these days have an automatic backup in case the power does go. Double check your system and read the manual to make sure you are prepared. It’s also a good idea to have several extra blankets around in case you experience longer outages.

Reset: Does your boiler have cruise control? If you’re last heating bill was a shocker call your local professional and ask about Tekmar outdoor reset control. The tekmar outdoor reset control senses the outdoor temperature, and automatically adjusts your boiler to supply water at the temperature required to heat your home (it also lowers your bill).

It’s time! Before the temps drop and the snow flies, be proactive about problems that could arise this season and if in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your local heating and plumbing professional to come out and take a look.

Have you scheduled your annual heating system checkup? Call Bow Plumbing and Heating of Bow NH for all your heating and plumbing needs.

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