Below are a few tips to help prevent any discomfort this winter. Please read over these points and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
Freezing weather may bring discomforts but one of them, frozen water pipes, can be avoided with a little planning and a few simple steps. When frigid arctic air hits, water freezes, and as it freezes, it expands -- causing pipes to burst and possible flooding to occur.
Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor tap pipes, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas such as basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing. A quick look in your attic could determine whether your pipes are exposed or not. If they do not have insulation around them they could be at risk.
There are several things that people can do to prepare for freezing weather, and there is one important thing everyone needs to know. Determine where the water shut-off valve is in the house and how to use it in case pipes freeze and break.
Colbert & Co recommend that every member of a household know this information and similar to a fire drill, practice turning the valve off and on. To determine where a water shut-off valve is, locate the outside water line that leads to the residence. The water line usually flows directly from the water meter to a location inside the residence. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include underneath the sink or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
When the weather is very cold outside most people let the cold water drip (at a minimal amount) from the tap closest to the mains. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent frozen pipes.
Whilst we agree this can sometimes work, we at Colbert & Co do not condone this practice as if everyone decided to do this it would result in a water shortage to everyone so please try and use another alternative. During extreme cold, keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night or If you are leaving your premises for a long period of time over the winter please make sure you turn your water off at the mains or inform us here in the office so that we can keep an eye on your property for any leaks.
Finally we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our tenants and customers a Very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
All at Colbert & Co