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Posted on: December 21st, 2013 by zach
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Question:
We recently experienced a cold snap in Richmond. What can homeowners do to ensure that the plumbing in our homes are protected?
Answer: That is a great question. During the recent cold snap, Ashton Service Group has seen a record number of calls from homeowners experiencing problems with both their plumbing and heating in their homes. With the weather on the warmer side right now, homeowners need to prepare their plumbing for the next cold wave in order to avoid damages and bills for repairs.
First, remove any garden hoses you have attached to outdoor taps. Outdoor taps for garden hoses should be open to allow air to enter the tap. Shut off the water supply to the tap from inside your home while leaving the outdoor tap open. The air inside the valve will ensure that your pipes will not collect water and split the pipes when freezing weather arrives. Insulating your pipes is also a great way to help prevent damage from the freezing temperatures.
Ashton has also received a large number of calls from individuals with malfunctioning furnaces during the cold snap. Please do not forget to have your furnace inspected if you haven’t done so to ensure that your family stays warm this winter.
Call Ashton Service Group to schedule a furnace inspection at 778-802-1607.
We at Ashton would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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