Q: The Farmers Almanac says this winter is going to be just as bad as last year. What can I do to prevent frozen pipes during the freezing months?
A: Last year was definitely a doozy with the freezing cold temperatures. At John Baethke & Son Plumbing we received dozens of calls about leaks and frozen pipes. We want you to prevent these issues and therefore suggest you take the following steps to help winterize your home. First, always have your home's heating set to at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving on vacation for a couple weeks and trying to save on heating costs - don't go below 60 degrees! This helps keep the water in your pipes generally warm. Next, if temperatures outside are significantly low, turn on every faucet in your home to a light flow. By moving the water in the pipes, it prevents freezing. Also, don't forget to insulate pipes that are more likely to be exposed to freezing temperatures - like ones in unheated garages or basements. Any questions? We're here to help! (773) 570-1720
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