As we prepare for the cold weather, we wish to remind everyone to take precautions inside and outside of their homes. If your home is unoccupied, please make sure you have someone take these precautions in your home.
Protecting against frozen pipes
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
• Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Place insulated cover over hose bibs to ensure protection from the elements.
• Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. This would not apply to condominium properties.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action
• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children and pets.
• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
• If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F even if you use a home heating apparatus.
Protecting your home and staying safe
• Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
• If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
SHOULD YOU EXPERIENCE ANY WATER RELATED EMERGENCIES DURING THE COLD WEATHER, PLEASE CONTACT TR LAWING at 704-414-2000.
SOURCE: Cedar Street Commons Condominiums Owners Association, Inc.