Hints & Tips about Cold Weather and Your Home
I am sure it is not news to anyone that we have been dealing with some frigid weather here in the Plano, TX area lately; so we are providing some hints, tips and good suggestions on ways help you and your home weather the cold!
· If you have pipes that are exposed on the outside of your home, they could be the first to freeze – if you haven’t already – give them a blanket, wrap something around them and secure it so it won’t blow off.
· Inside you can open up cabinets where there is plumbing (kitchens and baths) to allow the warmer air to circulate around those pipes.
· Keep your home thermostat at a warm temp, don’t allow it to drop below 55 degrees, even while you are sleeping or traveling.
· Let cold water drip from your faucets, dripping water won’t freeze.
· Know where your main water shut off is in your home.
If you have had a pipe break here are some things you can do to help make filing the insurance claim a little stressful:
· Be prepared to give your insurance representative a full description of all damage: take photos.
· Prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed personal property, make 2 copies.
· Make temporary repairs and save your receipts.
One last item, Atmos Energy has asked that conservation methods be implemented in order to help
the area get through this period of extreme cold (this will also help keep your gas bills lower):
· Set your thermostat at 65 degrees. Wear sweaters or use blankets in your home to help keep yourself and family warm.
· Limit early morning hot water use. Taking showers, doing dishes and laundry in the late afternoon or early evening prevents additional use at peak times.
· Close doors to rooms not in use in your home (closets, laundry rooms, guests rooms)
Keith & Reechia Powell