Many St Louis homes have plumbing water lines running through their basements. During the cold fall and winter months, when our temperatures drop below freezing point, it puts your plumbing lines at risk for possible freeze and breakage. A busted pipe can result in flooding, causing major water damage, property destruction, and costly repair.
As we work our way through the fall season, homeowners should do everything they can to avoid freeze-related plumbing issues. We’ve got a few tips to help you get your home ready.
Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter
Turn the Heat On: The first easy step to prevent pipes from freezing is to keep your heat set above 50 degrees. Setting your thermostat at 50 or above should keep your pipes and the water inside warm enough to prevent it from freezing. Check out our blog post on Home Heating, and schedule a furnace check and cleaning with AAA Home Services today.
Insulate Your Pipes:Make sure your pipes are well insulated, and add extra insulation in basements if needed. Exposed pipes can be fitted with rubber or fiberglass sleeves to keep the piping warm. For piping that is located inside walls, you can add extra insulation to the walls themselves. This step is the most important for exterior walls that are closest to the cold outdoor air.
Seal Gaps Where Cold Air Passes: Seal up any areas around where plumbing pipes run through walls, cabinets, or floors – especially gaps that let in cold air. Fill the gaps with caulk or spray foam insulation. If both the interior and exterior sides of the gap are accessible, seal both sides. This will prevent the cabinets where your plumbing pipes run, which are already typically cold, from getting even colder.
Locate Your Shut-Off Valve: As a back-up, you and your family members should also know how to locate and operate the water shut-off valve in the event that a plumbing pipe does burst.
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Maximize your comfort this autumn and winter by upgrading your furnace system with a Nest Learning Thermostat. This advanced smart thermostat works to learn your family’s habits and adjusts itself to fit your daily needs.
Nest Learning Thermostat Features
Remote Smartphone Control: The Nest Learning Thermostat allows you to control the temperature in your home from anywhere, as long as you have your phone on hand. For instance, with a few taps on your phone, you can come home to a house already warmed up to the perfect temperature.
Long-Term Learning: The Nest Learning Thermostat tracks your thermostat settings and habits in order to learn your temperature preferences. Using this information, it can program itself to your schedule in about a week.
Lower Energy Bills: Using sensors, algorithms, and your phone’s location, the Nest Thermostat will turn itself down when no one is home. This helps you save energy while lowering heating and cooling costs. Average households see a return on their investment in just one year!
Track Usage: With a Nest thermostat, you can check your daily energy usage in the Energy History report. The report shows you the daily frequency and length that your heating system has run. This allows you to make smarter choices about your schedule and temperature preferences. Additionally, the thermostat offers an HVAC monitoring feature that can help you look after your home. Since your thermostat has learned your daily patterns, it can detect any unusual or unexpected usage patterns.
Easy Install: When you purchase your Nest Learning Thermostat through AAA Home Services, we’ll take care of the installation for you! No need to fuss with breakers, units, or confusing wiring – we’ll take care of it all.
Let the Nest Thermostat take care of your heating habits this winter. Enjoy a smarter, easier, happier home with the help of AAA Home Services’ electricians. Give us a call or book an appointment to discuss setting up a smart thermostat in your home or office.
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