Keeping Your Home Warm & Safe This Winter

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Winter is fast approaching which means colder temperatures are on their way! Everyone loves to watch the snow fall, to build snowmen, and to make snow angels. But when the snowy fun is over and our cheeks are rosy red from the freezing wind, there is nothing like pulling off the soggy snowshoes and bundling up next to the fire with a cup of hot cocoa in your hands. Yes, playing in the cold is a lot of fun, but even the greatest winter weather enthusiast knows that if you don’t bundle up, the snowy fun can turn into a nightmare all too quickly. And the same can be said about your home. When temperatures go below freezing, your home feels the dangerous effects. Just like you put on gloves before that snowball fight to keep your fingers safe, so bundling up your home can save it from frozen pipes. So, here are some easy tips for you to follow to ensure that your home stays warm and your pipes do not freeze this winter:

  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
  • Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
  • Turn off the sprinkler system.
  • If the temperature drops below 20 degrees, keep one or two faucets running slowly at all times. Water running through the system will prevent the line from freezing.
  • Keep the cabinet under the kitchen sink open so warm air can flow around the pipes
If you follow these easy steps, you will keep your home from experiencing the damaging effects of the cold. Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure that the home’s pipes are properly protected. If pipes DO freeze, there is nothing that can be done until they thaw. Please watch your pipes closely if this happens for leaks are usually inevitable once the pipes freeze. Call us as soon as they thaw out! If you still have questions, please call us at 806-784-3271.  And as always, if an emergency does arise, please call our emergency maintenance number 24/7 at 806-799-5370.
Stay warm out there!

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