Updated: January 20, 2021 02:07 PM
Created: January 19, 2021 08:20 PM
While we have had a relatively mild winter to this point temperature wise, bundle up as we are in the midst of a cold snap.
The cold weather can also take a toll on our homes, and being prepared is key to preventing any potential disaster.
The main concern with the cold is pipes freezing and bursting, especially on exterior walls.
No one wants to be in that situation, but there are simple steps that can be taken so it doesn't happen to you.
"Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," said A.G. O'Brien Plumbing & Heating Company Project Manager Chris Adatte.
Adatte says that starts with warming up the areas that may be at risk of getting too cold.
"Things to look for is turn your temp up. Areas that aren't insulated, and pipes that maybe you have that are susceptible to freezing in the past, insulate them underneath sinks. Open up cabinets ... just get those exposed pipes access to warmth, put space heaters there," said Adatte.
If you're concerned about your water freezing, experts also say to leave your faucet on a slow drip or trickle.
If your pipes do burst, Adatte says knowing where the shutoffs are can keep things from going bad to worse.
"It's important for every homeowner, business owner to know where the shutoffs are in their facilities for their heating lines, domestic water lines, so if there is a leak, if there is a water burst, you can isolate it, repair it yourself or call a professional," said Adatte.
The cold weather can also impact our heating systems.
"We run into a lot of no heats. A lot of times when it's super cold out, equipment is taxed. It'll break down," said Adatte.
So while we as Northlanders may be used to the cold, our houses still need to be cared for.
"You can save yourself a lot of headaches and expenses by just taking a little bit of precautionary measures," said Adatte.
Adatte also recommends making sure the batteries on your thermostat are up to date, and that the filters on your furnaces are changed out.
He says they haven't received as many reports of cold weather related incidents as they usually do at this time of year, but he adds now is the time to prepare with the temperatures dropping.