Bitter blast: Tips to make sure your heating and plumbing are at their best during the cold
Residents across New Jersey
should be prepared with tips on how to make sure
their heating and plumbing are at their best during this time of the year, as the dangerous
and bitter cold
moves through the state.
Expansion and contraction
caused by the cold weather can create leaks in water pipes. Mark Lindsay from Mark
Lindsay and Son Plumbing & Heating, Inc. has been in the business of plumbing for 40 years, and he
says it’s all about preparation and looking for red flags in the home when it
comes to getting ready for the cold.
"They just have to make sure they don't forget about their
appliances and stuff,” says Lindsay. “Check their utility rooms. Check their main shut off
valves. You know, just make sure everything's cleaned up around them. Make sure
they have propane in their propane tanks if they have propane. Oil in their oil
tanks, because during the cold weather sometimes the automatic deliveries
aren't on the spot, so you really have to check that stuff."
Lindsay also says pipes freeze most
frequently when there's a lot of wind associated with cold weather penetrating
crawl spaces and openings in the home, so it's important to keep the home as
air tight as possible.