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Cold SNAP!

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

The weather has swung back to a cold snap here in White Plains and New Rochelle. Today's temperature will not rise above freezing. Overnight the temperature will drop to the low teens and Saturday`s temps will remain below freezing as well. Sunday we will rise above freezing for the first time since Thursday. The higher than normal temperatures have made us a little too comfortable and checking to make sure your vulnerable water pipes and faucets are protected from freezing is vital. Here are some quick tips to prevent a broken pipe in your home.

  1. Leave the water drip or a small trickle running from faucets that are connected to at risk water lines. This will keep them from completely freezing.
  1. Make sure your heat thermostat is staying at a regular temperature and not fluctuating. Nest thermostats have an eco setting for when no one is home. I have recently had one installed and during one of our cold spells this year I checked the temperature of my home while I was working. It was a good call, my Nest had an eco temp of 40 degrees Fahrenheit when I was not home. That is way too cold and my home was more vulnerable to a pipe break because of it. I have adjusted the eco temp to 60 degrees Fahrenheit since then and all is well.
  1. Open kitchen cabinets under the sink and in bathrooms to allow warm air to circulate around them. This will prevent freezing as well.
  1. If a room still feels chilly during a cold spell consider using a portable heater temporarily for that room to raise the temperature to a warmer temperature.

Stay warm for the next 2 days and if you do have any issues with pipes freezing and breaking remember SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that includes weekends. Call us anytime.

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