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3 ways to protect your home this winter

As temperatures get lower, fire calls get higher and pipes are in danger of freezing. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Charlie Garrett, VP of Garrett Heating and Plumbing Company gives tips on how to keep pipes from freezing during days and nights with temperatures below freezing. KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun This image provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency shows a person programming a thermostat for a furnace/HVAX system. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to maximize energy efficiency. We recommend keep…
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Winnetka plumber’s tools and van are stolen, but LAPD arrests two and plays Santa to his family

Two Canoga Park men were recently arrested on suspicion of committing a number of crimes, including the theft of a Winnetka plumber’s van and $4,000 worth of plumbing tools, leaving his daughters without Christmas gifts before authorities stepped in to play Santa Claus. Los Angeles police were able to arrest the two men — Jose Argueta, 22, and Hugo Castro, 32 — after surveillance was conducted on them from an undercover crime reduction unit, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Stephan Bell. The LAPD began the surveillance operation after an undercover officer saw a …
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Two things homeowners should do to protect their pipes in cold weather

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – Temperatures below freezing mean it’s time to protect your pipes. If you don’t, it could end up costing you a pretty penny.  READ MORE | Check your pipes before and after the freeze The best thing you can do is make sure the crawl space under your home is completely closed.  Plumbers we talked to say wind can get around the pipes and cause them to freeze.  They also say if you’re going to wrap your pipes, make sure you use the appropriate tape.  Michael Cannon, owner of Cannon’s Plumbing, suggests heat tape, which you can get at a hardware sto…
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Two things homeowners should do to protect their pipes in cold weather

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – Temperatures below freezing mean it’s time to protect your pipes. If you don’t, it could end up costing you a pretty penny.  READ MORE | Check your pipes before and after the freeze The best thing you can do is make sure the crawl space under your home is completely closed.  Plumbers we talked to say wind can get around the pipes and cause them to freeze.  They also say if you’re going to wrap your pipes, make sure you use the appropriate tape.  Michael Cannon, owner of Cannon’s Plumbing, suggests heat tape, which you can get at a hardware sto…
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How to keep your pipes from freezing during the cold weather season

It’s been frigid the past couple of days and it’s not expected to get warmer any time soon. This week’s weather is creating the perfect storm for frozen pipes. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been frigid the past couple of days and it’s not expected to get warmer any time soon. This week’s weather is creating the perfect storm for frozen pipes. Said Gousseinov with Morgan Miller Plumbing has been out taking care of these issues all week. “We’re extremely busy,” Gousseinov said. “All the plumbing, all the pipes and water feet is exposed, along with …
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Cold keeps heating companies busy

Mike Gleason Daily News Staff @MGleason_MDN Area plumbing and heating companies are already busy due to the extreme cold this week, but they’re bracing for the coming thaw. It’s when frozen pipes melt, plumbers said, that they burst – leading to many emergency calls. In the meantime, the businesses have been dealing with a steady string of heating-system jobs. Andy Rodenhiser, owner of the Holliston-based Rodenhiser Plumbing Heating, Air Conditioning & Electric, said aged and deteriorated heating systems are often stressed by extreme cold, leading to failures. In cases where someone has forced hot water heating, he said, frozen pipes can lead to someone losing heat and calling a repair company. “Some people may suffer in silence and, when it warms up, the pipe may split,” he said. “It’s important, when you have a frozen pipe situation, to get it resolved.” When water is frozen in a copper pipe, Rodenhiser said, plumbers can use a thawing machine that puts a slight current into the pipe, melting the water. “In the instances when it’s not a copper pipe… we just have to use heat,” he said. With hot water heating systems, Rodenhiser suggested keeping the heat turned up, as that keeps water cycling through the system. Preventative maintenance is a key thing as well – it is much easier to resolve a situation when a company detects a potential problem ahead of time. Dan Ciccone, of Milford-based Ciccone Plumbing & Heating, said he had been getting calls for both heating and plumbing issues – but the calls were typical of this time of year. “There are definitely (frozen pipes) out there, for sure,” he said, adding that he would anticipate burst pipe calls when the temperatures range above freezing. “With this kind of weather, all you can do is shut the water off.” But that warmup may be a long ways off. The current forecast does not have temperatures even near 32 degrees degrees for more than a week. The worst of the cold may be yet to come – temperatures Sunday and Monday night could be -5 or even lower. Ciccone said homeowners should ensure their outside faucets are off; their outdoor hoses are disconnected and brought inside; and indoor drafts are addressed with insulation. “Make sure you know where the main shutoff for your water is, and that it’s accessible,” he said. “You don’t want to be moving stuff around when it’s raining in your house.” Chris Henry, of Franklin Plumbing & Heating, said he’d been fielding a lot of calls, mainly related to heating issues. “We’ve been getting a lot of heating system problems,” he said. Henry recommended homeowners do away with their setback thermostats – devices that turn down heat when a house is unoccupied – saying they are just as likely to cost someone money as save it in these temperatures. “I wouldn’t turn your heat below 68 degrees, no matter what,” he said. Mike Gleason can be reached at 508-634-7546 or mgleason@wickedlocal.com. For news throughout the day, follow him on Twitter @MGleason_MDN.
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 Posted on : December 29, 2017

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