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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Open kitchen cabinets under the sink and in bathrooms to allow warm air to circulate around them. This will prevent freezing as well.
- 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.