The holiday season is supposed to be full of cheer and joy. Unfortunately in places like Mishawaka, South Bend and the surrounding areas, it’s also the season that the frigid cold temperatures wreak havoc on our homes. Things like frozen pipes that burst can create loads of drama and headache for homeowners during the holidays. Here are Home Comfort Experts’ tips to prevent this horrid problem from happening in your home.
Keep Your Home at 68 Degrees or Higher
When it comes to your thermostat make sure you don’t set it too low. Setting your thermostat much lower than 68 degrees can put your pipes and your home in danger. Lower temperatures in your home can leave some of the pipes in the outer walls of your home susceptible to frigid temps, which could cause frozen and burst pipes. If you’re having a problem keeping your home comfortable and well heated this winter, make sure to get a furnace tune-up with the experts at Home Comfort. We’ll make sure your furnace system is operating at peak efficiency.
Make Sure Your Michigan or Indiana Home Is Properly Insulated
Your thermostat isn’t the only way to safeguard your home from freezing temperatures in the winter. Proper insulation also plays a huge part in keeping your home comfortable and in working condition. Inadequate insulation in the exterior walls of your home and in your attic or basement can leave pipes exposed to the cold.
Shut Off Water Supply Valves to Washing Machine if You’re on Vacation
Many homeowners who’ve experienced frozen or burst pipes had it happen while they were away from their homes for an extended period of time. This makes the problem even more dangerous because it usually means your burst pipes are leaking water into your home for longer until it is noticed, causing a lot more damage. If you’re leaving your home for an extended period of time, it might be wise to shut off the water supply valves to your washing machine and other large appliances that consume water in your home.
Call Home Comfort Experts for a plumbing inspection this winter and protect your home from the worst.